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Probabilistic Cues to Grammatical Category in English Orthography and Their Influence During Reading

Arciuli, Joanne and Monaghan, Padraic (2009) Probabilistic Cues to Grammatical Category in English Orthography and Their Influence During Reading. Scientific Studies of Reading, 13 (1). pp. 73-93. ISSN 1088-8438

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Abstract

We investigated probabilistic cues to grammatical category (noun vs. verb) in English orthography. These cues are located in both the beginnings and endings of wordsas identified in our large-scale corpus analysis. Experiment 1 tested participants' sensitivity to beginning and ending cues while making speeded grammatical classifications. Experiment 2 tested sensitivity to these cues during lexical decisions. For both tasks, words with consistent ending cues (with respect to grammatical category) were processed more quickly and with lower error rates than words with inconsistent ending cues. However, for beginnings, consistent cues resulted in lower errors but no differences in response times. The data reported here point to the multifaceted nature of grammatical category representation and indicate that probabilistic orthographic cues relating to grammatical category have a clear influence on lexical processing particularly when these cues are located at the end of the word.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Scientific Studies of Reading
Uncontrolled Keywords: VISUAL WORD RECOGNITION ; DISTRIBUTIONAL CUES ; NONNATIVE SPEAKERS ; STRESS TYPICALITY ; LEXICAL STRESS ; PHONOLOGY ; LANGUAGE ; INFORMATION ; ACQUISITION ; ASSIGNMENTS
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 53130
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 09 Mar 2012 03:02
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:07
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53130

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