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ERIC Number: EJ1039035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0922-4777
The Impact of Pointing on the Short-Term Memory (STM) of Heterophonic Homographs
Vaknin-Nusbaum, Vered; Miller, Paul
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v27 n5 p769-792 May 2014
This study entailed two short-term memory (STM) experiments investigating the importance of vowel diacritics for the temporary retention of three distinct Hebrew word list types: heterophonic homographs, non-homographs and homophonic homographs. Eighty university students participated in each experiment, with half of them tested with word lists presented in fully pointed (voweled) Hebrew and the other half given the word lists in unpointed Hebrew (with vowel diacritics removed). In Experiment 1, all stimulus materials were presented in print script. Experiment 2 was an exact replication, except that stimulus materials were in cursive Hebrew. Findings from both experiments indicated that, overall, the presence of vowel diacritics had no facilitating effect on participants' quantitative or qualitative STM performance. In fact, when reading print script, pointing was found to be detrimental to STM recall for all three investigated word categories. Findings are discussed with respect to a dual-route reading model.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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