Morpheme-Based Lexical Reading: Evidence from Pseudoword Naming

  • Cristina Burani
  • Alessandro Laudanna
Part of the Neuropsychology and Cognition book series (NPCO, volume 22)


A large number of current models of word naming distinguish between a lexical routine, and a non-lexical (either extralexical or prelexical) routine for reading aloud (see, e.g., Coltheart & Rastle, 1994). According to these models, when the lexical pathway is involved, naming is based on whole-word processing and is obtained through a lexical lookup procedure. By contrast, when the non-lexical routine is activated, spoken output is the product of grapheme-to-phoneme conversion which is based on sublexical units, i.e. single graphemes or syllables, and is largely independent of lexical knowledge.


Lexical Decision Word Type Lexical Unit List Context Shallow Orthography 
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  1. 1.Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della CognizioneConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)RomaItaly

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