Stem tones pre-activate suffixes in the brain

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Results from the present event-related potentials (ERP) study show that tones on Swedish word stems can rapidly pre-activate upcoming suffixes, even when the word stem does not carry any lexical meaning. Results also show that listeners are able to rapidly restore suffixes which are replaced with a cough. Accuracy in restoring suffixes correlated positively with the amplitude of an anterior negative ERP elicited by stem tones. This effect is proposed to reflect suffix pre-activation. Suffixes that were cued by an incorrect tone elicited a left-anterior negativity and a P600, suggesting that the correct processing of the suffix is crucially tied to the activation of the preceding validly associated tone.


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  • General Language Studies and Linguistics
  • Neurosciences


  • pre-activation, prosody, ERP, morphology, speech processing, LAN, P600, PrAN
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-280
JournalJournal of Psycholinguistic Research
Issue number2
Early online date2016 May 30
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr
Publication categoryResearch

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