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ERIC Number: EJ855314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0922-4777
The Syllable Frequency Effect in Visual Recognition of French Words: A Study in Skilled and Beginning Readers
Chetail, Fabienne; Mathey, Stephanie
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v22 n8 p955-973 Sep 2009
The present study addressed the issue of syllable activation during visual recognition of French words. In addition, it was investigated whether word orthographic information underlies syllable effects. To do so, words were selected according to the frequency of their first syllable (high versus low) and the frequency of the orthographic correspondence of this syllable (high versus low). For example, the high-frequency syllable /a/ is frequently transcribed by the orthographic cluster "an", but infrequently transcribed by "han" in French. A lexical decision task was performed by skilled readers (Experiment 1) and beginning readers in Grade 5 (Experiment 2). Results yielded an inhibitory effect of syllable frequency in both experiments. Moreover, the reliable interaction between syllable frequency and orthographic correspondence frequency indicated that the syllable frequency effect was influenced by orthographic characteristics of syllables. Finally, data showed that the interaction between phonological and orthographic variables was modified with reading experience. The results are discussed in current models of visual word recognition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
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Language: English
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