Phonological processing during silent reading in teenagers who are deaf/hard of hearing: An eye movement investigation.

Hazel Blythe, Jonathan Dickins, Colin Kennedy, Simon Liversedge

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Abstract

There has been considerable variability within the literature concerning the extent to which deaf/hard of hearing individuals are able to process phonological codes during reading. Two experiments are reported in which participants’ eye movements were recorded as they read sentences containing correctly spelled words (e.g., church), pseudohomophones (e.g., cherch), and spelling controls (e.g., charch). We examined both foveal processing and parafoveal pre‐processing of phonology for three participant groups—teenagers with permanent childhood hearing loss (PCHL), chronological age‐matched controls, and reading age‐matched controls. The teenagers with PCHL showed a pseudohomophone advantage from both directly fixated words and parafoveal preview, similar to their hearing peers. These data provide strong evidence for phonological recoding during silent reading in teenagers with PCHL.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12643
Number of pages19
JournalDevelopmental Science
Volume21
Issue number5
Early online date22 Jan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes

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