ERIC Number: ED080946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Syllable as a Source of Error in Multisyllable Word Recognition.
Underwood, Benton J.; Zimmerman, Joel
Two-syllable words were presented singly for study followed by a two-alternative, forced-choice test to 120 college students divided into four groups of 30 each. Half of the new words on the test ("I" words) were constructed by combining two syllables taken from two different study words, and half were neutral words ("C" words). If, as a consequence of study, the memory for a word carries frequency information about each syllable of multisyllable words, the number of errors produced by choosing "I" words should be greater than the number produced by choosing "C" words. The results supported this expectation. Furthermore, differences which occurred during the test suggested that syllabic frequency was further increased during testing. Frequency induction to elements of larger units was proposed as the mechanism by which formal similarity influences recognition. (Author/WR)
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Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.
Authoring Institution: Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL.