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TitleThe interplay of phonology and orthography in visual cognate word recognition : an ERP study
Author(s)Comesaña, Montserrat
Sánchez-Casas, R.
Soares, A. P.
Pinheiro, Ana P.
Rauber, Andréia Schurt
Frade, Sofia
Fraga, Isabel
KeywordsCognate words
Phonological and orthographic overlap
Masked priming
Issue date2012
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Abstract(s)This study examined the role of phonological and orthographic overlap in the recognition of cognate words by recording electrophysiological and behavioral data. One hundred and ninety-two words were selected: 96 cognate words listed according to their phonological and orthographic overlap vs. 96 noncognate words. Twenty-four proficient European Portuguese-English bilinguals performed a silent reading task with a masked priming paradigm. The results showed that phonology interacts with semantic activation at N400 modulations. Phonological priming effects were dependent on the orthographic overlap of cognate words. Thus, the distinctive processing of cognate words seems to be due to their cross-linguistic similarity, which is consistent with a localist connectionist account on cognate representation and processing.
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