Use of Prosody in Producing and Processing Turkish Morphological Ambiguities

Principal Investigator: Nazik Dinçtopal Deniz

This study investigates word pairs in Turkish that are globally ambiguous as to the morpho-syntactic function of the homophonous morphemes/morpheme combinations involved in them. Previous research has shown that prosody can provide acoustic cues in lexical competition (e.g., Davis et al., 2002) and assists in predicting morphological complexity (e.g., Kemps et al., 2005) informing on its role in lexical representation and access. Via two production and two perception experiments in Turkish we hope to shed light not only on the role of prosody in lexical representation/access but also on its interaction with syntactic derivations.