Psycholinguistics: Phonology

Phonology is the study of the sounds that make up language. In this case, phonology refers to the use of the sounds of language to aid in reading and the correspondence between letter sets and how they are perceived (and pronounced).

There are two competing theories of how words on the page are translated to meanings in the mind. One claims that words are translated automatically to the sounds they represent and the other claims that this does not always occur (or never occurs), and that some words are recognized by visual shape alone.

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