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ERIC Number: EJ1122705
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
Absence of Sublexical Representations in Late-Learning Signers? A Statistical Critique of Lieberman et al. (2015)
Salverda, Anne Pier
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v42 n12 p1994-2001 Dec 2016
Lieberman, Borovsky, Hatrak, and Mayberry (2015) used a modified version of the visual-world paradigm to examine the real-time processing of signs in American Sign Language. They examined the activation of phonological and semantic competitors in native signers and late-learning signers and concluded that their results provide evidence that the mental lexicon of late learners is organized differently from that of native signers. In particular, they claimed that late-learning signers, in contrast to native signers, do not activate phonological competitors during the real-time recognition of spoken words. I argue that this claim receives no substantive support from the data and the inferential statistics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: HD073890