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ERIC Number: EJ823546
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
Semantic Involvement in Reading Aloud: Evidence from a Nonword Training Study
McKay, Adam; Davis, Chris; Savage, Greg; Castles, Anne
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v34 n6 p1495-1517 Nov 2008
The current research uses a novel methodology to examine the role of semantics in reading aloud. Participants were trained to read aloud 2 sets of novel words (i.e., nonwords such as bink): some with meanings (semantic) and some without (nonsemantic). A comparison of reading aloud performance between these 2 sets of novel words was used to provide an indicator of the importance of semantic information in reading aloud. In Experiment 1, in contrast to expectations, reading aloud performance was not better for novel words in the semantic condition. In Experiment 2, the training of novel words was modified to reflect more realistic steps of lexical acquisition: Reading aloud performance became faster and more accurate for novel words in the semantic condition, but only for novel words with inconsistent pronunciations. This semantic advantage for inconsistent novel words was again observed when a subset of participants from Experiment 2 was retested 6-12 months later (in Experiment 3). These findings provide support for a limited but significant role for semantics in the reading aloud process.
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Language: English
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