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Psycholinguistics: Perfetti, Bell, and Delaney 1988
Perfetti, C.A., Bell, L.C., & Delaney, S.M. (1988). Automatic (prelexical) phonetic activation in silent word reading: Evidence from backward masking. Journal of Memory and Language, 27(1), 59-70.(PDF)

Participants were presented with a word, followed immediately by a mask. Of interest was whether the mask's similarity to the target would facilitate naming of the target. Masks were either not, phonemically, or graphemically similar. The experimenters found that the phonemically similar masks facilitated naming better.

Lukatela and Turvey 1994a, Lukatela and Turvey 1994b

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McCusker, L.X., Gough, P.B., & Bias, R.G. (1981). Word recognition inside out and outside in. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 7, 538-551.

McCutchen, D., & Perfetti, C.A. (1982). The visual tongue-twister effect: Phonological activation in silent reading. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 21, 672-687.

Meyer, D.E., Schvaneveldt, R.W., & Ruddy, M.G. (1974). Functions of graphemic phonemic codes in visual word-recognition. Memoy & Cognition, 2, 309-321.

Naish, P. (1980). The effects of graphemic and phonemic similarity between targets and masks in a backward visual masking paradigm. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 32, 57-68.

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Perfetti, C.A., & McCutchen, D. (1982). Speech processes in reading. In N. Lass (Ed.), Advances in speech and language, Vol. 7. New York: Academic Press.

Petrick, M. S. (1981). Acoustic and semantic encoding during rapid reading. Doctoral dissertation, MIT.

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Rumelhart, D.E., & McClelland, J.L. (1982). An interactive activation model of contrast effects in letter perception. Part 2. The contextual enhancement effect and some tests and extensions of the model. Psychological Review, 89, 68-82.

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Turvey, M.T. (1973). On peripheral and central processes in vision: Inferences from an information processing analysis of masking with pattern stimuli. Psychological Review, 80, 1-52.

van Orden, G.C. (1987). A ROWS is a ROSE: Spelling, sound and reading. Memory & Cognition, 15, 181-198.

Lukatela and Turvey 1994 A, Lukatela and Turvey 1994 B
Visual access to a printed word may be accompanied by a very rapid activation of phonetic properties of the word as well as its constituent letters. We suggest that such automatic activation during word identification, rather than only postlexical recoding, routinely occurs in reading. To demonstrate such activation, we varied the graphemic and phonemic properties shared by a word target and a following pseudoword mask. Graphemic (MARD) and homophonic (MAYD) masks, equated for number of letters shared with a word target (made), both showed a masking reduction effect relative to a control mask. There was an additional effect of the homophonic mask over the graphemic mask, attributable to phonetic activation. A second experiment verified this pattern of mask reduction effects using conditions that ruled out any explanation of the effect that does not take account of the target-mask relationship. We take the results to suggest that a phonetic activation nonoptionally occurs (prelexically) during lexical access.
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