Homophonous Regular Verb Forms With a Morphographic Spelling: Spelling Errors as a Window on the Mental Lexicon and Working Memory

  • Dominiek Sandra
Part of the Neuropsychology and Cognition book series (NPCO, volume 22)


In contrast to all previous contributions to this book, the present chapter is not concerned with reading complex words. Rather, it focuses on the spelling of a subset of words which are complex at the morphological level, i.e., regularly inflected verb forms. The reason for including this chapter in a book on reading is to show that one can also learn interesting issues with respect to the mental lexicon by studying spelling rather than reading. This is not what one would think when going through the psycholinguistic literature on visual word processing. The literature indeed shows an immense imbalance between the attention for reading processes on the one hand and spelling processes on the other hand. Virtually no attention has been given to the latter (but see work by Assink, 1985, 1987; Fayol, Largy, & Lemaire, 1994; Largy, Fayol, & Lemaire, 1996). The present chapter shows that some interesting research issues arise exactly in the context of spelling and that a complete picture of processing visual words requires insight in spelling processes as well as reading processes.


Word Form Mental Lexicon Spelling Error Orthographic Representation Intrusion Error 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for PsycholinguisticsUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium

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