Lexical representations of written nouns and verbs in Italian

Alessandro Laudanna, Miriam Voghera, Simone Gazzellini

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This study investigates the differences in the input representations of verbs and nouns in the Italian mental lexicon. One visual lexical decision experiment in which the stem homograph effect (Laudanna, Badecker, & Caramazza, 1989) was evaluated on noun and verb targets is reported. Strong inhibitory effects on verb targets preceded by stem homographs relative to nonhomographic word pairs were found. The effects on verb targets were also much more reliable than the effects on noun targets. The pattern of results provides support for the hypothesis that noun and verbs are differently represented in the orthographic input lexicon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-263
Number of pages14
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Inflection
  • Italian
  • Lexical decision
  • Lexical processing
  • Morphology
  • Nouns
  • Orthographic lexicon
  • Priming
  • Stem homographs
  • Verbs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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