The orthographic similarity of printed words

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An inescapable feature of alphabetic languages, in which a relatively small alphabet is used
to represent tens or hundreds of thousands of words, is that the spelling of a given word is
often similar to that of many other words. This orthographic similarity requires the visual word
identification system to make rather fine discriminations, so as to recognise, for example, that
“the thickset man” is not the same as “the thickest man”. Ordinarily, the word identification
system succeeds in selecting the word that best matches the visual input, implying that ...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVisual Word Recognition
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1: Models and Methods, Orthography and Phonology
Place of PublicationHove
PublisherPsychology Press Ltd
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2012


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