Blocking as a Function of the Nature of Linguistic Representations: Where Psycholinguistics and Morphology Meet

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This paper addresses the question to what extent morphological blocking in language is a rule-based phenomenon. We argue that language users do not operate with a blocking rule, but that a form preference emerges as a result of cognitive selection mechanisms in a neural network of linguistic information. The actual target form develops its own token frequency in a probabilistic process, known as Preferential Attachment. After some time and some generations, one form will develop a nearly absolute dominance with its own local token frequency. This model implies that there is no blocking as an active negative action, but only a local lemma specific frequency, built up by a stochastic Preferential Attachment process, which favours one of the theoretically possible forms and, as a consequence, ‘suppresses’ the other options.
Originele taal-2Engels
TitelCompetition in Inflection and Word-Formation
RedacteurenF. Rainer, F. Gardani, W.U. Dressler, H.C. Luschützky
UitgeverijSpringer
Hoofdstuk6
Pagina's145-166
ISBN van elektronische versie978-3-030-02550-2
ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-030-02549-6
StatusGepubliceerd - 2019

Publicatie series

NaamStudies in Morphology
UitgeverijSpringer
Volume5
ISSN van geprinte versie2214-0042

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    Versloot, A. P., & Hoekstra, E. (2019). Blocking as a Function of the Nature of Linguistic Representations: Where Psycholinguistics and Morphology Meet. In F. Rainer, F. Gardani, W. U. Dressler, & H. C. Luschützky (editors), Competition in Inflection and Word-Formation (blz. 145-166). (Studies in Morphology; Vol. 5). Springer.