ERIC Number: ED105429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
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Alternative Interpretations of Evidence for Phonemic Recoding in Visual Word Recognition.
Fleming, James T.
The purpose of this paper is to present two studies, one which questions some previously reported data on phonemic recoding and another which suggests an alternative interpretation for the evidence that Rubenstein and Lewis claimed in support of phonemic recoding. In one experiment three subsets of nonsense words were presented to 35 paid graduate students who were instructed to rate each item for pronunciability on a one to five (easy-hard) scale. Subjects were told that all words were nonsense words but that some would strike them as more difficult to pronounce than others. The subjects recorded whether or not each word was an English word. Significant results were found between the legal and illegal types. In the second experiment 35 subjects rated sets of words for pronounceability and no significant differences were found. When the same subsets of words were presented as a one-word free-association task to 35 different subjects, the results strongly supported the subjects' search for meaning rather than phonemic recoding. (WR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., March 30-April 3, 1975)