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Syllabic effects in Italian lexical access


Tagliapietra, ,  Lara
Language Comprehension Group, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Tagliapietra, L., Fanari, R., Collina, S., & Tabossi, P. (2009). Syllabic effects in Italian lexical access. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 38(6), 511-526. doi:10.1007/s10936-009-9116-4.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-3955-8
Two cross-modal priming experiments tested whether lexical access is constrained by syllabic structure in Italian. Results extend the available Italian data on the processing of stressed syllables showing that syllabic information restricts the set of candidates to those structurally consistent with the intended word (Experiment 1). Lexical access, however, takes place as soon as possible and it is not delayed till the incoming input corresponds to the first syllable of the word. And, the initial activated set includes candidates whose syllabic structure does not match the intended word (Experiment 2). The present data challenge the early hypothesis that in Romance languages syllables are the units for lexical access during spoken word recognition. The implications of the results for our understanding of the role of syllabic information in language processing are discussed.