Journal article

Parallel processing of whole words and morphemes in visual word recognition

Elisabeth Beyersmann, Max Coltheart, Anne Castles

Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology | PSYCHOLOGY PRESS | Published : 2012

Abstract

Models of morphological processing make different predictions about whether morphologically complex written words are initially decomposed and recognized on the basis of their morphemic subunits or whether they can directly be accessed as whole words and at what point semantics begin to influence morphological processing. In this study, we used unprimed and masked primed lexical decision to compare truly suffixed (darkest) and pseudosuffixed words (glossary) with within-boundary (drakest/golssary) to across-boundary (darekst/glosasry) letter transpositions. Significant transposed-letter similarity effects were found independently of the morphological position of the letter transposition, dem..

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