All-Russian academic journal
“Issues of Cognitive Linguistics”



Author:  V.G. Arutiunian

Affiliation:  Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University

Abstract:  It is known that letter identification is a necessary step in lexical access during reading. Although several models of visual word recognition propose different ways on how letters encode in printed words, there are not any models in which lexical processing would depend upon the type of letters (vowels vs. consonants). At the same time, different studies suggest that vowels and consonants are processed differentially in the brain.
In the present research the author analyzes the materials of an eye movement experiment conducted in order to examine the role of skipped vowels vs. consonants in visual word recognition. The results of current study showed that there are significant differences in visual processing of words with skipped vowels vs. consonants, t(39) = 28.2, p ≤ 0.01.
The data received support the notion that vowels and consonants are processed differentially in the mental lexicon and they have independent neural representation in the brain.

Keywords:  visual word recognition, eye movements, psycholinguistics of reading,
skipped vowels vs. consonants, letter frequency, mental lexicon, lexical access.

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Acknowledgments:  The research is financially supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project No. 16-36-00029 мол_а “Neurocognitive mechanisms for reading: An orthographical processing in the light of information theory by Claude Shannon (Evidence from eye movements)”.

For citation:  Arutiunian, V. G. (2017). Visual word recognition in skipped-letter paradigm: evidence from eye movements (experimental research to Russian). Voprosy Kognitivnoy Lingvistiki, 4, 112-122. (In Russ.).

Pages:  112-122

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