Adam Ussishkin, associate professor in the University of Arizona, Department of Linguistics, conducts research on Semitic languages. Colin Dawson, lecturer and researcher in the UA School of Information, focuses on human and machine learning. Andrew Wedel, associate professor in the Department of Linguistics, uses computational simulation to explore pattern formation in language. Kevin Schluter, who wrote his dissertation on subliminal speech priming at the UA is now a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Psychology at the New York University, Abu Dhabi, in the UAE.
This study compares models of morphological processing used to explain processing and recognition of spoken language. Unlike other Semitic languages, Maltese is written in the Latin alphabet, and thus the internal morphological structure of its words is not as apparent in its orthography the way it is in Arabic and Hebrew. This enables a more precise research design, and a better method for testing whether spoken words are recognized on the basis of their internal structure. This work builds on innovations in auditory masked priming, and the results of the four experiments reported here support models of lexical access that provide a role for the Semitic consonantal root in Maltese spoken word recognition.
Ussishkin, A., Dawson, C. R., Wedel, A., & Schluter, K. (2015). Auditory masked priming in Maltese spoken word recognition. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2015.1005635.
Ussishkin, A. (2014). Maltese Priming Experiments: Experiment 1. UA Campus Repository. http://arizona.openrepository.com/arizona/handle/10150/300383
Ussishkin, A. (2014). Maltese Priming Experiments: Experiment 2, UA Campus Repository. http://arizona.openrepository.com/arizona/handle/10150/300384