This ebook provides new paintings at the psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics of compound phrases. It exhibits the insights this paintings deals on average language processing and the relation among language, brain, and reminiscence. Compounding is a simple and powerful strategy to create and move meanings. via construction new lexical goods in response to the meanings of present goods, compounds can often be understood on first presentation, notwithstanding - as, say, breadboard, cardboard, cabinet, and sandwich-board convey - the principles governing the kin among the parts' meanings usually are not continuously elementary. Compound phrases are segmentable into their constituent morphemes in a lot an analogous method as sentences could be divided into their constituent phrases: young ones and adults wouldn't in a different way locate them interpretable. yet compound sequences can also be self sustaining lexical goods that may be retrieved for construction as unmarried entities and whose idiosyncratic meanings are kept within the brain. Compound phrases replicate the homes either one of linguistic illustration within the brain and of grammatical processing. They therefore provide possibilities for investigating key points of the psychological operations desirous about language: for instance, the interaction among garage and computation; the style within which morphological and semantic elements effect at the nature of garage; and how the mind's computational procedures serve online language comprehension and construction. This publication explores the character of those possibilities, assesses what's recognized, and considers what may well but be stumbled on and the way.

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