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Journal Title: The Mental Lexicon
Volume/Issue:   7/1
Date: 2012
Table of Contents: 2012. iii, 118 pp.

Table of Contents


The cohesiveness of English and German compounds
Thomas Berg

The recruitment of knowledge regarding plurality and compound formation during
language comprehension
Robert Fiorentino, Jamie Bost, Alyson D. Abel and Jordan Zuccarelli

Complement Coercion: Distinguishing between type-shifting and pragmatic
Argyro Katsika, David Braze, Ashwini Deo and Maria Mercedes Piñango

Processing morphologically conditioned word accents
Pelle Söderström, Mikael Roll and Merle Horne

Squibs, commentaries and methodological considerations

Localizing the component processes of lexical access using modern neuroimaging
Jed A. Meltzer
Publisher: John Benjamins
Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Subject Language(s): English
LL Issue: 23.2817