Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

The Effect of Overlap Position in Phonological Priming Between Spoken Words

Monique Radeau (1), Juan Segui (2), Jose Morais (1)

(1) Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
(2) Université Rene Descartes and C.N.R.S., Paris, France

Phonological priming between auditorily presented items was examined as a function of the early or late position of the overlap and of the prime-target relative frequency. While no effect occurred for beginning overlap, facilitation was consistently found between words with final overlap with both lexical decision and shadowing as task. It was not affected by relative frequency. The aim of the present experiments was to determine the locus of the effect. No effect was found, using a crossmodal (auditory-visual) priming procedure and the lexical decision task with ISIs of 0 ms and 50 ms. The effects of presenting either a word or a pseudoword prime sharing the rime with the word target were then compared. The items were presented auditorily and the task was shadowing. A facilitatory effect was again found but it was unaffected by the lexical status of the prime. These results suggest that the facilitatory effect of final-overlap is prelexical.

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Bibliographic reference.  Radeau, Monique / Segui, Juan / Morais, Jose (1994): "The effect of overlap position in phonological priming between spoken words", In ICSLP-1994, 1419-1422.