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Speech Perception and Reading

Speech perception and reading

Core Areas

  • Auditory analysis system
  • Auditory input lexicon
  • Connectionist approach
  • Deep dyslexia
  • Dual route model
  • E-Z reader
  • Graphemes
  • Neurological evidence
  • Phoneme response buffer
  • Phonemes
  • Phonological dyslexia
  • Phonological theory
  • Reading
  • Recording eye movements
  • Semantics
  • Semantic system
  • Speech output lexicon
  • Speech perception
  • Surface dyslexia
  • Word identification technique

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • define and understand the concepts outlined above;
  • outline the various techniques used to study reading;
  • describe the key models used to explain speech perception and reading and therefore the contributions of the key thinkers; and
  • critically consider the usefulness of such explanations.

Running Themes

  • Chunking
  • Cognitive neuropsychology
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Ecological validity
  • Experimental cognitive psychology
  • Innate
  • Rehearsal
  • Schema
  • Semantics


Speech perception and reading differ in a number of ways; there is less reliance on memory in reading and it lacks any clues about meaning etc. that are otherwise provided by prosodic cues in speech (that is, non-verbal ...

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