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Reading skill and exposure to orthography influence speech production

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 April 2015

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ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE Meredith Saletta, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Iowa, Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center, Iowa City, IA 52242. E-mail:


Orthographic experience during the acquisition of novel words may influence production processing in proficient readers. Previous work indicates interactivity among lexical, phonological, and articulatory processing; we hypothesized that experience with orthography can also influence phonological processing. Phonetic accuracy and articulatory stability were measured as adult, proficient readers repeated and read aloud nonwords, presented in auditory or written modalities and with variations in orthographic neighborhood density. Accuracy increased when participants had read the nonwords earlier in the session, but not when they had only heard them. Articulatory stability increased with practice, regardless of whether nonwords were read or heard. Word attack skills, but not reading comprehension, predicted articulatory stability. Findings indicate that kinematic and phonetic accuracy analyses provide insight into how orthography influences implicit language processing.

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