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ERIC Number: ED044245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May-8
Pages: 8
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An Experimental Study of the Vocabulary of Written Chinese among Primary III Children in Hong Kong.
Leong, Che Kan
The depth and range of the corpus of written Chinese symbols used by 9-year-old Hong Kong children were studied in order to compile a minimum written Chinese vocabulary list. Error patterns of children were also analyzed. After presenting some characteristics of the language and reviewing previous studies, the methodology was described. The sample size ranged from 407 to 461 children who were matched for age, sex, and academic performance. The 1,851 different symbols or characters compiled from survey returns were incorporated into 30 prose passages of 100 characters each (with about 40 percent recurring characters) and recorded on tape. Taped explanations of the passage content preceded three repetitions of the passage during which the children listened, transcribed, and reviewed. From the accumulation of correct and incorrect responses, a facility index was derived for each of the 1,851 characters. It was concluded (1) that 719 characters were reproduced by at least 70 percent of the children and should be regarded as the minimum core of written vocabulary at this level and (2) that the mean number of strokes for characters of median difficulty was 14. Further research in auditory reception of language and encoding of the symbols received is recommended. References are included. (CL)
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Note: Paper presented at the conference of the International Reading Association, Anaheim, Cal., May 6-9, 1970