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ERIC Number: EJ979735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0169-0965
Does Phonology Play a Role When Skilled Readers Read High-Frequency Words? Evidence from ERPs
Newman, Randy Lynn; Jared, Debra; Haigh, Corinne A.
Language and Cognitive Processes, v27 n9 p1361-1384 2012
We used event-related brain potentials to clarify the role of phonology in activating the meanings of high-frequency words during skilled silent reading. Target homophones ("meet") in sentences such as "The students arranged to meet in the library to study" were replaced on some trials by either a high-frequency homophone mate ("meat") or a spelling control word ("mean"). Differences between homophone errors and spelling controls were observed, both in the N400 component and in earlier time windows, suggesting that phonology continues to play a role in activating word meanings even for highly practiced words. A manipulation of the frequency of the correct target word provided evidence concerning the nature of the processing involved. (Contains 4 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada