Reading: A psycholinguistic guessing game

  • Goodman K
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Abstract

ATTEMPTS TO REFUTE THE PREMISE THAT READING IS AN EXACT SCIENCE WHICH INVOLVES PRECISE, DETAILED PERCEPTION AND IDENTIFICATION OF LETTERS AND WORDS. RATHER, READING IS DEFINED AS A "PSYCHOLINGUISTIC GUESSING GAME" IN WHICH THE READER PICKS UP GRAPHIC CUES TO WORDS, FORMS A PERCEPTUAL IMAGE, AND THUS READS BY A SELECTION PROCESS. THROUGHOUT THE READING PROCESS, THERE IS CONSTANT USE OF LONG- AND SHORT-TERM MEMORY.

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  • Kenneth S. Goodman

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