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Academic Paper

Title: Shallow Versus Deep Footprints in Pseudo-Word Grapheme-to-Phoneme Conversion: Dutch and English
Author: Suzanne R Borgwaldt
Institution: Universität Siegen
Author: Patrick Bolger
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Institution: University of Alberta
Author: Emőke Jakab
Institution: University of Amsterdam
Linguistic Field: Psycholinguistics
Subject Language: Dutch
Abstract: Our study is concerned with reading processes. Using a letter-detection paradigm with masked priming, we tested for the existence and time course of vowel digraph effects in Dutch and English. Whereas Dutch readers showed digraph effects with 67-ms primes, English readers showed only letter effects at 67 ms and merely a weak digraph trend at 83 ms. These findings are consistent with the PSYCHOLOGICAL GRAIN SIZE THEORY, a model of reading development that predicts that grapheme-phoneme conversion proceeds faster in shallow than in deep orthographies. This also demonstrates that similar language structures can be processed differently if they are modulated by different inter-faces, in this case, orthography.


This article appears IN Journal of Germanic Linguistics Vol. 22, Issue 4.

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