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Misplaced Stress on Prosody: a Reply to Black and Byng

Lookup NU author(s): Professor David Howard


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The recent claim by Black and Byng (1986) that lexical access in reading is subject to prosodic constraints is examined and found to be unsupported. The evidence from impaired reading which Black and Byng report is based on poorly controlled stimulus materials and is inadequately analysed and reported. An alternative explanation of their findings is proposed, and new data are reported for which this alternative explanation can account but their model cannot. Finally, their proposal is shown to be theoretically unmotivated and in conflict with evidence from normal reading.

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Author(s): Cutler A, Howard D, Patterson KE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cognitive Neuropsychology

Year: 1989

Volume: 6

Issue: 1

Pages: 67-83

Print publication date: 01/02/1989

ISSN (print): 0264-3294

ISSN (electronic): 1464-0627

Publisher: Psychology Press


DOI: 10.1080/02643298908253285



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