Getting to the Meaning of the Regular Past Tense: Evidence from Neuropsychology

  title={Getting to the Meaning of the Regular Past Tense: Evidence from Neuropsychology},
  author={C. E. Longworth and William D. Marslen-Wilson and Billi Randall and Lorraine K. Tyler},
  journal={Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience},
Neuropsychological impairments of English past tense processing inform a key debate in cognitive neuroscience concerning the nature of mental mechanisms. Dual-route accounts claim that regular past tense comprehension deficits reflect a specific impairment of morphological decomposition (e.g., jump + ed), disrupting the automatic comprehension of word meaning accessed via the verb stem (e.g., jump). Single-mechanism accounts claim that the deficits reflect a general phonological impairment that… CONTINUE READING
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