Cross-modal repetition priming of heterographic homophones


  • Grainger J
  • van Kang Mn
  • Segui J

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In two cross-modal priming experiments in French, we investigated the effects of auditorily presented heterographic homophones (an English example is /meid/) on the subsequent visual recognition of the dominant (MADE) and subordinate (MAID) printed forms. When only pronounceable, regular nonwords were used as distracter items in the lexical decision task, both dominant and subordinate forms were facilitated by the homophone prime relative to an unrelated word prime. When pseudohomophones were added among the nonword distracters, dominant targets continued to show facilitation while subordinate targets showed an inhibitory trend. These results provide evidence for inhibition-based selection in the processing of ambiguous words in the absence of any biasing context.

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