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ERIC Number: EJ836534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
Phonological Typicality Does Not Influence Fixation Durations in Normal Reading
Staub, Adrian; Grant, Margaret; Clifton, Charles, Jr.; Rayner, Keith
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v35 n3 p806-814 May 2009
Using a word-by-word self-paced reading paradigm, T. A. Farmer, M. H. Christiansen, and P. Monaghan (2006) reported faster reading times for words that are phonologically typical for their syntactic category (i.e., noun or verb) than for words that are phonologically atypical. This result has been taken to suggest that language users are sensitive to subtle relationships between sound and syntactic function and that they make rapid use of this information in comprehension. The present article reports attempts to replicate this result using both eyetracking during normal reading (Experiment 1) and word-by-word self-paced reading (Experiment 2). No hint of a phonological typicality effect emerged on any reading-time measure in Experiment 1, nor did Experiment 2 replicate Farmer et al.'s finding from self-paced reading. Indeed, the differences between condition means were not consistently in the predicted direction, as phonologically atypical verbs were read more quickly than phonologically typical verbs, on most measures. Implications for research on visual word recognition are discussed. (Contains 6 tables, 2 figures and 7 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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