Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Orthographic Influences on Initial Phoneme Addition and Deletion Tasks: The Effect of Lexical Status

Michael D. Tyler, Denis K. Burnham

Macarthur Auditory Research Centre, Sydney (MARCS), University of Western Sydney, Australia

Here a study is conducted to examine orthographic effects on initial phoneme addition and deletion tasks with an adult population. The results of a previous study [1] with children suggest that the use of an orthographic strategy depends on lexical status, so two experiments were conducted, one with real words and the other with nonwords. In both experiments, some items were amenable to both an orthographic and phonological strategy, but the orthographic representations of the other items interfered with production of the correct response. Longer reaction times were found for interfering items in the real word tasks, but not in the nonword tasks. This result lends support to the idea that lexical access involves the automatic orthographic activation.


  1. Stuart, M., Processing strategies in a phoneme deletion task. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. A, Human Experimental Psychology, 1990. 42(2-A): p. 305-327.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Tyler, Michael D. / Burnham, Denis K. (2000): "Orthographic influences on initial phoneme addition and deletion tasks: the effect of lexical status", In ICSLP-2000, vol.3, 494-497.