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Assessing the Importance of Letter Pairs in Initial, Exterior, and Interior Positions in Reading

Jordan, Timothy; Thomas, Sharon; Patching, Geoffrey LU and Scott-Brown, Kenneth (2003) In Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 29(5). p.883-893
Abstract
Exterior letter pairs (e.g., d_k in dark) play a major role in single-word recognition, but other research (D. Briihl & A. W. Inhoff, 1995) indicates no such role in reading text. This issue was examined by visually degrading letter pairs in three positions in words (initial, exterior, and interior) in text. Each degradation slowed reading rate compared with an undegraded control. However, whereas degrading initial and interior pairs slowed reading rate to a similar extent, degrading exterior pairs slowed reading rate most of all. Moreover, these effects were obtained when letter identities across pair positions varied naturally and when they were matched. The findings suggest that exterior letter pairs play a preferential role in... (More)
Exterior letter pairs (e.g., d_k in dark) play a major role in single-word recognition, but other research (D. Briihl & A. W. Inhoff, 1995) indicates no such role in reading text. This issue was examined by visually degrading letter pairs in three positions in words (initial, exterior, and interior) in text. Each degradation slowed reading rate compared with an undegraded control. However, whereas degrading initial and interior pairs slowed reading rate to a similar extent, degrading exterior pairs slowed reading rate most of all. Moreover, these effects were obtained when letter identities across pair positions varied naturally and when they were matched. The findings suggest that exterior letter pairs play a preferential role in reading, and candidates for this role are discussed. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Exterior letter pairs (e.g., d_k in dark) play a major role in single-word recognition, but other research (D. Briihl & A. W. Inhoff, 1995) indicates no such role in reading text. This issue was examined by visually degrading letter pairs in three positions in words (initial, exterior, and interior) in text. Each degradation slowed reading rate compared with an undegraded control. However, whereas degrading initial and interior pairs slowed reading rate to a similar extent, degrading exterior pairs slowed reading rate most of all. Moreover, these effects were obtained when letter identities across pair positions varied naturally and when they were matched. The findings suggest that exterior letter pairs play a preferential role in reading, and candidates for this role are discussed.},
  author       = {Jordan, Timothy and Thomas, Sharon and Patching, Geoffrey and Scott-Brown, Kenneth},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {883--893},
  publisher    = {American Psychological Association (APA)},
  series       = {Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition},
  title        = {Assessing the Importance of Letter Pairs in Initial, Exterior, and Interior Positions in Reading},
  volume       = {29},
  year         = {2003},
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