Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Clahsen: Rules of language

The dual nature of the language faculty

Harald Clahsen a1
a1 Department of Linguistics, University of Essex, Colchester, CO4 3SQ, United Kingdom


The following discussion aims to illuminate further the way in which morphologically complex words are represented in the mental lexicon. It is argued that the dual-mechanism model can accommodate the linguistic and psycholinguistic evidence currently available, not only on German inflection (as pointed out in the target article) but also on other languages (as presented in several commentaries). Associative single-mechanism models of inflection, on the other hand, provide only partial accounts.