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The Role of Word Shape as a Recognition Cue in Children's Automatic Word Processing

Robert E. Guttentag
Child Development
Vol. 52, No. 1 (Mar., 1981), pp. 363-366
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1129252
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1129252
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Abstract

Third- and fifth-grade children were presented a picture-naming interference task to examine the effects of printing words in mixed typecase on children's automatic word processing. Children who were skilled at using spelling-sound correspondence rules experienced approximately equivalent amounts of interference from mixed typecase and normal typecase printed words. Children who were poor at using spelling-sound correspondence rules, however, experienced less interference from mixed typecase than from normal typecase printed words. The results are discussed in terms of individual differences in the role of word shape as a recognition cue in children's automatic word processing.

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