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Phonological mediation in visual masked priming: Evidence from phonotactic repair

Abstract : In a series of four experiments, it is shown that phonological repair mechanisms, known to operate in the auditory modality, are directly translated in the visual modality. This holds with the provision that printed stimuli are presented for a very brief duration and that the effect of phonological repair is tested after a delay of some 100 ms has elapsed after that presentation. The case of phonological repair chosen to exemplify the parallelism between print and speech is the prosthesis of /e/ in utterances beginning with /s/ followed by a consonant in Spanish. Native speakers of Spanish hear a prothetic /e/ in auditorily presented pseudowords such as special (/speθjal/, derived from "especial") as well as stuto (/stuto/, derived from "astuto"). It is shown here that they also hear that same vowel /e/ when presented with the printed pseudowords "special" and "stuto." This finding of a "phonological repair effect" in print bears implications on the issue of phonological activation from print, as well as on the prelexical locus and mandatory nature of phonological repair mechanisms in general.
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Pierre Hallé, Alberto Dominguez, Fernando Cuetos, Juan Seguí. Phonological mediation in visual masked priming: Evidence from phonotactic repair. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, American Psychological Association, 2008, 34 (1), pp.177-192. ⟨halshs-00683856⟩

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