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This chapter commences by introducing the central notion of competence performance linking models and explaining their relevance to morphology. Special focus is given to the theory of Distributed Morphology. The chapter then talks about applying competence performance linking models to a specific morphological question: Is there is any difference between affixation and compounding in Chinese, and more to the point, how to tell?. Next, the chapter analyzes three sources of new evidence bearing on the question, each requiring its own linking model: two traditionally "linguistic" and one traditionally "psycholinguistic". Interdisciplinary interaction can only be improved through mutual respect and education. The undeniable importance of rote memory in word knowledge has long obliged generative morphologists to keep abreast of psycholinguistic findings, and (de)composition has long played a central role in the study of lexical access.

In: The Mental Lexicon