The processing of consonants and vowels in reading: Evidence from the fast priming paradigm

Hye Won Lee, Keith Rayner, Alexander Pollatsek

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Abstract

We assessed the early encoding of consonant and vowel information in the reading of English, using the fast priming paradigm. With 30-msec prime durations, gaze durations on target words were shorter when preceded by high-frequency consonant-same primes (which shared consonant information with the target word; e.g., lake-like) than when preceded by vowel-same primes (which shared vowel information with the target word; e.g., line-like), but there were no priming effects for low-frequency primes. With 45-msec prime durations, however, there was no effect of prime frequency and gaze durations on target words were shortened equally when they were preceded by consonant-same primes and vowel-same primes, as compared with control primes (e.g., late-like). The results suggest that the processing of consonants is more rapid than that of vowels, providing further evidence for the distinction between consonant and vowel processing in the reading of English.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)766-772
Number of pages7
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2002

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