Misplaced stress on prosody: A reply to Black and Byng
Cutler, A., Howard, D., & Patterson, K. E.
Misplaced stress on prosody: A reply to Black and Byng. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 6
The recent claim by Black and Byng (1986) that lexical access in reading is subject to prosodic constraints is examined and found to be unsupported. The evidence from impaired reading which Black and Byng report is based on poorly controlled stimulus materials and is inadequately analysed and reported. An alternative explanation of their findings is proposed, and new data are reported for which this alternative explanation can account but their model cannot. Finally, their proposal is shown to be theoretically unmotivated and in conflict with evidence from normal reading.