Journal of Psycholinguistic Research

, Volume 35, Issue 6, pp 513–530 | Cite as

Phonological Assimilation and Visual Word Recognition

  • Yang LeeEmail author
  • Miguel A. Moreno
  • Hyeongsaeng Park
  • Claudia Carello
  • Michael T. Turvey


Are the visual word-processing tasks of naming and lexical decision sensitive to systematic phonological properties that may or may not be specified in the spelling? Two experiments with Hangul, the alphabetic orthography of Korea, were directed at the effects of the phonological process of assimilation whereby one articulation changes to conform to a neighboring articulation. Disyllabic words were responded to more quickly when (a) the final letter of the first syllable and the initial letter of the second syllable specified phonemes that satisfied rather than violated consonant assimilation, and (b) the vowel letters specified harmonious as opposed to disharmonious vowel phonemes. Discussion addressed the possible mediation of assimilation effects by consistency differences and theories that predict broad phonological influences on visual word recognition.


Assimilation Phonology Korean word recognition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yang Lee
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Miguel A. Moreno
    • 2
    • 3
  • Hyeongsaeng Park
    • 2
    • 3
  • Claudia Carello
    • 2
    • 3
  • Michael T. Turvey
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Gyeongsang National UniversityJinjuSouth Korea
  2. 2.Haskins LaboratoriesNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.University of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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