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Disentangling phonological well-formedness and attestedness: An ERP study of onset clusters in English
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    Journal article
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  • Authors:
    White JC, Chiu F
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  • Journal:
    Acta Linguistica Academica
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  • Keywords:
    phonology, phonotactics, sonority, nonword acceptability, event related potentials
Disentangling the roles of phonological well-formedness and lexical attestedness in phonotactic processing has proven challenging. In this study, we present results from a passive listening ERP study showing that English speakers exhibit distinct neural responses to CCVC nonce words according to the phonological well-formedness and attestedness (in English) of the onset cluster. Clusters with poor sonority sequencing evoked an N400 effect compared to those without poor sonority sequencing, regardless of whether the well-formed clusters were attested in English. In contrast, unattested clusters, regardless of whether they were well-formed or ill-formed in terms of sonority sequencing, evoked a late positivity compared to attested clusters. The results suggest that listeners first perform a phonological analysis on potential words before submitting them to a lexical search.
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