Parsing and Semantic Opacity

  • Robert Schreuder
  • Cristina Burani
  • R. Harald Baayen
Part of the Neuropsychology and Cognition book series (NPCO, volume 22)


The Dutch low-frequency morphologically complex word branding, ‘surf, the rolling and splashing of the waves’ (7 occurrences per million), consists of two high-frequency constituents, brand, ‘fire, to burn’ (111 occurrences per million), and the nominalizing suffix -ing (13330 occurrences per million. Semantically opaque words such as branding pose an interesting challenge for dual route models of morphological processing in word recognition that allow complex words to be recognized by means of both a direct route and a parsing route (Baayen, Dijkstra, Schreuder, 1997; Burani Laudanna, 1992; Frauenfelder & Schreuder, 1992; Laudanna & Burani, 1995; Schreuder & Baayen, 1995).


Stimulus Onset Asynchrony Base Word Lexical Processing Complex Word Short Stimulus Onset Asynchrony 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Schreuder
  • Cristina Burani
  • R. Harald Baayen
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Interfaculty Research Unit for Language and Speech (IWTS)University of Nijmegen & Max Planck Institute for PsycholinguisticsNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.NijmegenThe Netherlands

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