Recent studies suggest that performance attendant on visual word perception is affected not only by the "traditional" feedforward inconsistency (spelling → phonology) but also by its feedback inconsistency (phonology → spelling). The present study presents a statistical analysis of the bidirectional inconsistency for all French monosyllabic words. We show that French is relatively consistent from spelling to phonology but highly inconsistent from phonology to spelling. Appendixes B and C list prior and conditional probabilities for all inconsistent mappings and thus provide a valuable tool for controlling, selecting, and constructing stimulus materials for psycholinguistic and neuropsychological research. Such large-scale statistical analyses about a language's structure are crucial for developing metrics of inconsistency, generating hypotheses for cross-linguistic research, and building computational models of reading.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers|
|State||Published - Nov 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Psychology (miscellaneous)