Our WFU Interdisciplinary Linguistics Minor
announces a special lecture by
Dr. Adam Ussishkin
University of Arizona
Assoc. Professor of Linguistics & Cognitive Science
Psycholinguistics of under-studied languages: the case of subliminal speech priming in Maltese
Early and automatic processing of linguistic stimuli is fairly well-studied for resource-heavy languages such as English (cf. work on visual masked priming by Forster and Davis 1984, Forster et al. 2003, among many others), whereas psycholinguistic studies on languages with few resources are much rarer. In this talk, I first describe the creation of the first online language corpus of Maltese, a Semitic languages for which few electronic resources exist. Next, I discuss the application of the corpus to a psycholinguistic question and investigate the psycholinguistic reality of the consonantal root, a building block of Semitic languages. This investigation is carried out using the relatively novel subliminal speech priming technique.