Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Beyond isolated word recognition

Simon P. Liversedgea1, Hazel I. Blythea1 and Denis Drieghea1

a1 University of Southampton, Psychology, Highfield Campus, Southampton SO17 1PS, United Kingdom. s.p.liversedge@soton.ac.uk http://www.southampton.ac.uk/psychology/about/staff/spl1.page hib@soton.ac.uk http://www.southampton.ac.uk/psychology/about/staff/hib.page d.drieghe@soton.ac.uk http://www.denisdrieghe.com

Abstract

In this commentary we concur with Frost's view of the centrality of universal principles in models of word identification. However, we argue that other processes in sentence comprehension also fundamentally constrain the nature of written word identification. Furthermore, these processes appear to be universal. We, therefore, argue that universality in word identification should not be considered in isolation, but instead in the context of other linguistic processes that occur during normal reading.

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