The use of sublexical clusters in normal and dyslexic readers

Eva Marinus*, Peter F. De Jong

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Abstract

The current study examined the use of sublexical clusters in normal and dyslexic readers. We focused primarily on onset consonantal clusters, but the use of rimes and digraphs was also considered. A segmentation paradigm, the separation of two adjacent letters in a word by a nonletter symbol, was used. We hypothesized that the effect of this distortion on reading would be larger if two adjacent letters functioned as a cluster. In the first study, naming and lexical decision tasks were administered to 24 normal reading and 24 dyslexic fourth-grade children. In a second study, the same tasks were administered to 24 skilled adult readers. The results did not support the use of consonantal onsets and rimes during reading. However, we did find that digraphs were used, because their distortion had a relatively large effect on reading speed. This effect was similar in normal and dyslexic readers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-280
Number of pages28
JournalScientific Studies of Reading
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

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