German ver-Verbs

Internal Word Structure and Lexical Processing

by Matthias K. Schirmeier (Author)
©2007 Monographs XXII, 172 Pages


One of the central questions in psycholinguistics is how complex words are processed in the human mind. German ver-Verbs: Internal Word Structure and Lexical Processing explores the visual word recognition of German ver-verbs. Superficially, ver-verbs are uniform: they all begin with the sequence ver-. However, their internal structure is heterogeneous. Based on the results of various experimental designs, this book shows that the internal structure of ver-verbs is of paramount importance to their processing. Thus, the human mind employs different strategies for the processing of different types of complex words. This book is a useful companion for German, morphology, and psycholinguistics courses.


XXII, 172
ISBN (Hardcover)
Deutsch Verb Präfix Word Morphological structure Morphological priming Semantic transparency Morphological processing ver
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2007. XXII, 172 pp.

Biographical notes

Matthias K. Schirmeier (Author)

The Author: Matthias K. Schirmeier is English Language Officer for the German Army. He received his Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and his M.A. in English language and literature, French language and literature, and modern history from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. In addition to writing articles for linguistics journals, Schirmeier is also co-author of Cornelia Goethe – Briefe und Correspondance Secrète 1767-1769, the first translation of the private French correspondence of the sister of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany’s most famous poet.


Title: German ver-Verbs