Journal article

Evidence for an automatic orthographic code in the processing of visually novel word forms

M Johnston, M McKague, C Pratt

LANGUAGE AND COGNITIVE PROCESSES | PSYCHOLOGY PRESS | Published : 2004

Abstract

Some psycholinguistic theorists contend that lexical representations are intrinsically phonological, and that visual word recognition requires the matching of orthographic information to core phonological representations, while others postulate that in skilled readers orthographic and phonological representations attain a more equivalent status. We provide evidence for the latter position, showing that an automatically accessible orthographic representation for a phonologically familiar word can be established prior to any visual encounter with that word. We trained subjects with the phonology of unfamiliar words and then included them in orthographic form among the targets in a masked-primi..

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