Professional article

Lexical representation of phonological variants: Evidence from pseudohomophone effects in different regiolects

Published inJournal of memory and language, vol. 64, no. 4, p. 424-442
Publication date2011

This study examined the lexical representation of words with two pronunciation variants. We tested whether both the schwa and reduced variants of French words are stored as lexical entries. The results of four experiments in which speakers named pseudohomophones and pseudowords show an advantage for pseudohomophones over matched pseudowords for both variants. As the pseudohomophone effect is assumed to reflect the activation of phonologically matching stored phonological representations, these results suggest that both variants of schwa words are stored. Importantly, the pseudohomophone effect is found for alternating words (Experiments 1 and 2) and for non-alternating words when the non-produced variant corresponds to the word's spelling (Experiment 3) or is frequently encountered in the speech of speakers of other regiolects (Experiment 4). These findings extend the scope of our previous proposal that words with two variants are stored with two lexemes. This conclusion needs to be integrated in word production models.

  • Language production
  • Phonological variation
  • Lexical representations
  • Schwa
  • Pseudohomophones
Research group
Citation (ISO format)
BUERKI FOSCHINI, Audrey Damaris, ALARIO, F. Xavier, FRAUENFELDER, Ulrich Hans. Lexical representation of phonological variants: Evidence from pseudohomophone effects in different regiolects. In: Journal of memory and language, 2011, vol. 64, n° 4, p. 424–442. doi: 10.1016/j.jml.2011.01.002
Main files (1)
Article (Published version)
ISSN of the journal0749-596X

Technical informations

Creation11/05/2013 9:47:00 AM
First validation11/05/2013 9:47:00 AM
Update time03/14/2023 8:40:37 PM
Status update03/14/2023 8:40:37 PM
Last indexation10/18/2023 5:14:42 PM
All rights reserved by Archive ouverte UNIGE and the University of GenevaunigeBlack