chapter  5
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Understanding affixes

In this chapter I start to develop a cognitive model of morphologically complex words (5.2) and examine the processing explanation for the suffixing preference first advanced by Cutler et al. (1985) (5.3). I spend considerable time first, however, in reviewing recent models of lexical access and representation (5.1), to enable us both to evaluate the Cutler et al. account and also to set a context for the experimentation and discussion in chapter 6, where I bring together the psycholinguistic and historical facts, and propose a plausible explanation of the suffixing preference within the constraints of the unified approach.