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Lexical embeddings produce interference when they are morphologically unrelated to the words in which they are contained: Evidence from eye movements

Lexical embeddings produce interference when they are morphologically unrelated to the words in which they are contained: Evidence from eye movements

Journal of Cognitive Psychology 24(2): 179-188

Many words in the English language contain semantically and morphologically unrelated smaller words (e.g., room in groom). Recent findings indicate that a high frequency embedded word produces interference during visual word identification (e.g., Bowers, Davis, & Hanley, 2005; Davis, Perea, & Acha, 2009; Davis & Taft, 2005). In an eye movement experiment we examined whether lexical embeddings produce interference even when explicit judgments about lexicality or category membership are not solicited. Participants silently read sentences that each contained a target word with a lexical embedding. Fixation times were longer on target words that contained a higher frequency embedding compared to those that contained a lower frequency embedding. This finding indicates that a high frequency embedding interferes with word identification during silent reading and adds to a growing body of evidence that a word's orthographic neighborhood includes embedded words.

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Accession: 054118969

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PMID: 22900139

DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2011.604028

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