chapter  9
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Modularity and the Processing of Closed-class Words: Richard Shillcock and Ellen Gurman Bard

In recent years, much psycholinguistic research has been aimed at discovering the degree to which the various components of human language processing ability are modular (Fodor, 1983; Tanenhaus, Dell, & Carlson, 1987; Tanenhaus, Leiman, & Seidenberg, 1979; Tanenhaus & Lucas, 1987). In this chapter we present new data concerning the processing of closed-class words, and we investigate some of the claims concerning modularity in the light of these data.