Neural correlates of Italian nominal compounds and potential impact of headedness effect: An ERP study

Radouane El Yagoubi, Valentina Chiarelli, Sara Mondini, Gelsomina Perrone, Morena Danieli, Carlo Semenza

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Abstract

An event-related potential (ERP) technique was used to investigate the way in which noun-noun compounds are processed during a lexical decision task with Italian speakers. Reaction times and error rates were higher for compounds than for noncompounds. ERP data showed a more negative peak in the left anterior negativity (LAN) component for compounds. These results are compatible with a dual-route model that posits not only whole-word access for compounds but also an activation of decomposed representations of compound constituents. A final result relates to head position, which in Italian compounds could be on either the left- or the right-hand side of the word. While behavioural analysis did not reveal a difference between left- and right-headed compounds, a difference was found with the P300 component. The role of the compound head as a crucial information-bearing component is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-581
Number of pages23
JournalCognitive Neuropsychology
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Evoked Potentials
Head
P300 Event-Related Potentials
Reaction Time
Event-related Potentials
Headedness
Nominal Compounds
Neural Correlates

Keywords

  • ERPs
  • Headedness effect
  • LAN component
  • Noun-noun compounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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El Yagoubi, R., Chiarelli, V., Mondini, S., Perrone, G., Danieli, M., & Semenza, C. (2008). Neural correlates of Italian nominal compounds and potential impact of headedness effect: An ERP study. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 25(4), 559-581. https://doi.org/10.1080/02643290801900941

Neural correlates of Italian nominal compounds and potential impact of headedness effect : An ERP study. / El Yagoubi, Radouane; Chiarelli, Valentina; Mondini, Sara; Perrone, Gelsomina; Danieli, Morena; Semenza, Carlo.

In: Cognitive Neuropsychology, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2008, p. 559-581.

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El Yagoubi, R, Chiarelli, V, Mondini, S, Perrone, G, Danieli, M & Semenza, C 2008, 'Neural correlates of Italian nominal compounds and potential impact of headedness effect: An ERP study', Cognitive Neuropsychology, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 559-581. https://doi.org/10.1080/02643290801900941
El Yagoubi, Radouane ; Chiarelli, Valentina ; Mondini, Sara ; Perrone, Gelsomina ; Danieli, Morena ; Semenza, Carlo. / Neural correlates of Italian nominal compounds and potential impact of headedness effect : An ERP study. In: Cognitive Neuropsychology. 2008 ; Vol. 25, No. 4. pp. 559-581.
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