The functional unit of Japanese word naming: evidence from masked priming.

@article{Verdonschot2011TheFU,
  title={The functional unit of Japanese word naming: evidence from masked priming.},
  author={Rinus G Verdonschot and Sachiko Kiyama and Katsuo Tamaoka and Sachiko Kinoshita and Wido La Heij and N. Schiller},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  year={2011},
  volume={37 6},
  pages={
          1458-73
        }
}
Theories of language production generally describe the segment as the basic unit in phonological encoding (e.g., Dell, 1988; Levelt, Roelofs, & Meyer, 1999). However, there is also evidence that such a unit might be language specific. Chen, Chen, and Dell (2002), for instance, found no effect of single segments when using a preparation paradigm. To shed more light on the functional unit of phonological encoding in Japanese, a language often described as being mora based, we report the results… 

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