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It's Been Said Before

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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

Academic Paper

Title: Activation of syllable units during visual recognition of French words in Grade 2
Author: Fabienne Chetail
Institution: Université Bordeaux 2
Author: Stephanie Mathey
Institution: Université Bordeaux 2
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics
Subject Language: French
Abstract: The aim of the study was to investigate the syllable activation hypothesis in French beginning readers. Second graders performed a lexical decision task in which bisyllabic words were presented in two colours that either matched the syllable boundaries or not. The data showed that the children were sensitive to syllable match and to syllable complexity. In addition, good readers were slowed down while poor readers were speeded up by syllable match. These findings suggest that syllables are functional units of lexical access in children and that syllable activation is influenced by reading level.


This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 36, Issue 4.

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