Allomorphic Responses in Serbian Pseudo-Nouns as a Result of Analogical Learning

Petar Milin, Emmanuel Keuleers, Dušica Filipović Đurđević

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Allomorphy is a phenomenon that occurs in many languages. Several psycholinguistic studies have shown that allomorphy, if present, co-determines cognitive processing. In the present paper we discuss allomorphic variations of Serbian instrumental singular form of pseudo-nouns as emerging from analogical learning. We compare the predictions derived from memory-based language processing models with results from a previous experimental study with adult Serbian native speakers. Results confirm that the production of suffix allomorphs in Serbian instrumental singular masculine nouns can be accounted for by memory-based learning and simple analogical inferences. The present findings are in line with a growing body of research showing that memory-based learning models make relevant predictions about the cognitive processes involved in various linguistic phenomena.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-84
JournalActa Linguistica Hungarica
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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