The grapho-phonological system of written French:

Statistical analysis and empirical validation

Marielle Lange & Alain Content

Laboratory of Experimental Psychology

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Paper submitted to ACL'99: the 37th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Thematic session on Computational Psycholinguistics. University of Maryland, June 20 - 26, 1999
(ID number is: 257)


The processes through which readers evoke mental representations of phonological forms from print constitute a hotly debated and controversial issue in current psycholinguistics. In this paper we present a computational analysis of the grapho-phonological system of written French, and an empirical validation of some of the obtained descriptive statistics. The results provide direct evidence demonstrating that both grapheme frequency and grapheme entropy influence performance on pseudoword naming. We discuss the implications of those findings for current models of phonological coding in visual word recognition.

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