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ERIC Number: EJ856663
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
The Sound of Mute Vowels in Auditory Word-Stem Completion
Beland, Renee; Prunet, Jean-Francois; Peretz, Isabelle
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v38 n5 p415-434 Oct 2009
Some studies have argued that orthography can influence speakers when they perform oral language tasks. Words containing a mute vowel provide well-suited stimuli to investigate this phenomenon because mute vowels, such as the second "e" in "vegetable", are present orthographically but absent phonetically. Using an auditory word-stem completion task, we tested whether subjects were influenced by the presence of mute vowels. We ran experiments in two languages which contain numerous mute-vowel words: Tigrinya, which uses a syllabic/moraic writing system, and French, which uses an alphabetic writing system. We argue that Tigrinya and French speakers based their completion on the sound form of words, rather than the written one. We suggest that the presence of mute vowels at the underlying phonological level, rather than their orthographic representation, influences speakers in the word-stem completion task. Some effects previously attributed to orthography may instead be attributable to underlying phonological representations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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