The nature of masked onset priming effects in naming: A review

Sachiko Kinoshita*

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    The masked onset priming effect refers to the finding that in word naming, relative to an all-letter-different control prime (e.g., farm-SINK), response is faster when a target is preceded by a prime that shares just the initial letter with the target (e.g., save-SINK) (Forster & Davis, 1991). This effect has been interpreted within a dual-route framework as reflecting the serial nature of computation of phonology from orthography via the nonlexical route, and as such, has been used to argue against models of reading that compute phonology in parallel This chapter discusses an alternative view that the locus of the masked onset priming effect is further downstream, in the speech planning process.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMasked Priming
    Subtitle of host publicationThe State of the Art
    EditorsSachiko Kinoshita, Stephen J. Lupker
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherPsychology Press
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)9780203502846
    ISBN (Print) 9781841690957
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2003


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