LAMiNATE TALKS: Donna Coch (Dartmouth College). Reading and rhyming from an ERP perspective
Learning to read words in alphabetic languages like English or Swedish requires mapping the sounds of language to the print on the page. This is particularly challenging for languages with a “deep orthography” (meaning that the print-to-sound mappings are not simply 1:1) like English. A deep orthography makes deciding whether two written words rhyme or not more than just a visual matching task (e.g., boat and goat rhyme, but so do brain and cane). I will discuss a few event-related potential (ERP) studies that explore this and other aspects of L1 phonological processing in word reading in English. Taken together, the studies speak to the nature of lexical representations in reading.