Document Type : Research Paper


1 M.A. Student of General Linguistics, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

2 Associate Professor of Ferdowsi University of Mashad


The role of orthography in difficult speech perception tasks has already been proved (Dehaene & Cohen, 2011). Since the processing of heterographic homophones is believed to be more difficult than other words (Hino & colleagues, 2013), the present study aimed at identifying the role of orthography and word forms in perception of such words during top-down processes, such as speech perception. A kind of priming experiment was programmed on the basis of a mixed word processing and retrieval model. This model was the result of combining the models proposed by Levelt, Roelofs, and Meyer (1999) and Dell (1990). 41 participants took part in the experiment and the data analysis confirmed the research hypothesis by 95 percent of certainty.


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