Transposed-letter priming effect in Hebrew in the same-different task

Sachiko Kinoshita*, Dennis Norris, Noam Siegelman

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We investigated the interaction between morphological structure and transposed-letter priming using the same-different task with Hebrew, a Semitic language in which morphology has been shown to play a key role in visual word recognition. In contrast to the results observed with lexical decision (e.g., Velan & Frost, 2009, 2011), a transposed-letter priming effect was observed irrespective of the morphological structure of the words. We take these results to suggest that morphological decomposition occurs only in the service of lexical access. We discuss further a unique feature of written Arabic, another Semitic language, to explain the apparent conflict between our findings and those reported by Perea, Abu Mallouh, García-Orza, and Carreiras (2010).

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1296-1305
Number of pages10
JournalQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Mar 2012


  • Arabic
  • Hebrew
  • Letter position coding
  • Morphology
  • Orthography
  • Transposed-letter priming


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