Transposed-letter priming effects with masked subset primes: A re-examination of the “relative position priming constraint”

Eric J.Stinchcombe, Stephen J.Lupker, Colin Davis

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Three experiments are reported investigating the role of letter order in orthographic subset priming (e.g., grdn-GARDEN) using both the conventional masked priming technique as well as the sandwich priming technique in a lexical decision task. In all three experiments, subset primes produced priming with the effect being considerably larger when sandwich priming was used. More importantly, there was very little difference in the degree of priming produced by subset primes with transposed (i.e., gdrn) vs. nontransposed (grdn) internal letters. The priming effects with transposed letter subset primes contradict Peressotti and Grainger's claim that letter order must be maintained in order to produce subset priming effects (i.e., their “relative position priming constraint”).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-499
Number of pages25
JournalLanguage and Cognitive Processes
Issue number4
Early online date24 Nov 2011
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

Bibliographical note

Accepted : 22 Dec 2010


  • Transposed letters
  • Spatial coding
  • Open-bigram coding
  • Relative-position priming

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