TITLE

The Processing of Morphology in Old Age: Evidence From Hebrew

AUTHOR(S)
Kavé, Gitit; Levy, Yonata
PUB. DATE
December 2005
SOURCE
Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research;Dec2005, Vol. 48 Issue 6, p1442
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Purpose: Taking advantage of the rich morphological structure of Hebrew, the current article aims to examine whether age affects the processing of morphological forms through an investigation of 2 systematic morphological paradigms. Method: Forty-eight young and 48 old Hebrew speakers completed 2 experiments: the 1st investigated sensitivity to subject--verb gender incongruity in a reading task, and the 2nd examined parsing of pseudoverbs containing existing and nonexisting consonantal roots in a lexical-decision task. Results: Older adults were slower relative to the young, but both groups were slower on incongruent relative to congruent targets and on a pseudoverb with a real root relative to a pseudoverb with a nonexistent root. In both experiments the interaction between condition and age was statistically significant. Conclusions: While older adults demonstrate preserved morphological parsing abilities, possible explanations for the interaction effect include cognitive slowing or deficient inhibitory control.
ACCESSION #
19754638

 

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