Early morphological effects in word recognition in Hebrew: Evidence from parafoveal preview benefit

A. Deutsch*, R. Frost, A. Pollatsek, K. Rayner

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Hebrew words are composed of two interwoven morphemes: A triconsonantal root and a word pattern. Two experiments examined the effect of the root morpheme on word identification by assessing parafoveal preview benefit effects. Although the information of the preview was not consciously perceived, preview of the root's letters facilitated both naming and lexical decisions of target words derived from these roots. These results converge with previous results in Hebrew using the masked priming paradigm, suggesting that morphological units mediate early stages of word identification in Hebrew.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)487-506
Number of pages20
JournalLanguage and Cognitive Processes
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - 2000

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Funding Information:
This study was supported in part by theResearch and Development Authority of the Hebrew University, in part by Natinoal Instiutte of Child Health and Human Development Grant HD-01994 awarded to HaskisnLaboratoris,eand in part by grant HD26765 from the National Institute of Health. Keith Rayner was also su ported by a Research Scientit sAward (MH1255) from the National Institute of Mental Health. The paper was written while Alexander Pollatsek was a visitor at the Cognitive and Brain Scinece Unit of the Medical Research Council in Cambridge, UK. We wish to thank Rivka Feiner, Ilan Mesiltia, Noga Sagiv and Irit Shapira for their extensive help and assitsncae in programmignand running the experiments.


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