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Incidental Reading of Familiar and Unfamiliar Words: An Event-Related Potential Study of English Monolingual and Chinese-English Bilingual Readers

Dunlap, Susan (2007) Incidental Reading of Familiar and Unfamiliar Words: An Event-Related Potential Study of English Monolingual and Chinese-English Bilingual Readers. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Reading occurs automatically when words are presented to an adult skilled reader. During a nonreading task, can we find effects of orthography, lexical status, and frequency as evidence of incidental reading occurring automatically? This study used event-related brain potential (ERP) methodology to investigate lexical processing in 12 English monolinguals and 12 Chinese-English bilinguals as they searched for a triangle shape embedded in English and Chinese words and nonwords. We found some effects of orthography, lexicality, and pronounceability, but no effects of frequency. Results suggest that orthographic and some phonological information is processed automatically during passive viewing. Variations on this task can be utilized to minimize decision-related noise in the ERP signal.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Dunlap, Susansud4@pitt.edusud4@pitt.edu
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPerfetti, Charles Aperfetti@pitt.eduperfetti@pitt.edu
Committee MemberReichle, Erikreichle@pitt.edureichle@pitt.edu
Committee MemberFiez, Juliefiez@pitt.edufiez@pitt.edu
Committee MemberTokowicz, Natashatokowicz@pitt.edutokowicz@pitt.edu
Date: 23 January 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 20 June 2006
Approval Date: 23 January 2007
Submission Date: 4 December 2006
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: L0; L1; L2
Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-12042006-164248/, etd-12042006-164248
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:07
Last Modified: 21 May 2012 13:27
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10013

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