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TitleOn the nature of consonant-vowel differences in letter position coding: evidence from developing and adult readers
Author(s)Comesaña, Montserrat
Soares, Ana Paula
Marcet, Ana
Perea, Manuel
KeywordsMasked priming
Letter position coding
Lexical access
Lexical decision
Issue dateJan-2016
PublisherThe British Psychological Society
JournalBritish Journal of Psychology
CitationComesaña, M., Soares, A. P., Marcet, A. & Perea, M. (2016). On the nature of consonant/vowel differences in letter position coding: Evidence from developing and adult readers. British Journal of Psychology, 107(4), 651–674. DOI: 10.1111/bjop.12179
Abstract(s)In skilled adult readers, transposed-letter effects (jugde-JUDGE) are greater for consonant than for vowel transpositions. These differences are often attributed to phonological rather than orthographic processing. To examine this issue, we employed a scenario in which phonological involvement varies as a function of reading experience: a masked priming lexical decision task with 50-ms primes in adult and developing readers. Indeed, masked phonological priming at this prime duration has been consistently reported in adults, but not in developing readers (Davis, Castles, & Iakovidis, 1998). Thus, if consonant/vowel asymmetries in letter position coding with adults are due to phonological influences, transposed-letter priming should occur for both consonant and vowel transpositions in developing readers. Results with adults (Experiment 1) replicated the usual consonant/vowel asymmetry in transposed-letter priming. In contrast, no signs of an asymmetry were found with developing readers (Experiments 2-3). However, Experiments 1-3 did not directly test the existence of phonological involvement. To study this question, Experiment 4 manipulated the phonological prime-target relationship in developing readers. As expected, we found no signs of masked phonological priming. Thus, the present data favour an interpretation of the consonant/vowel dissociation in letter position coding as due to phonological rather than orthographic processing.
TypeArticle
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/52957
DOI10.1111/bjop.12179
ISSN2044-8287
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