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ERIC Number: ED355775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-24
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
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Effect of Different Versions of Chinese Logographs on Recognition of Chinese Characters.
Qian, Gaoyin; Yang, Ronglan
A study of Chinese logograph recognition investigated: (1) whether word-length effect is generalizable to Chinese readers in recognizing context-free logographic characters; (2) whether readers from mainland China would outperform readers from Taiwan when each group read its own familiar logograph version; (3) whether both groups would perform better in recognizing legal characters in comparison with illegal characters; and (4) the strength of the relationship between number of strokes, character frequency, and reaction time in the recognition task. Subjects were 166 native mainland Chinese and 159 native Taiwanese undergraduate and graduate students. Stimulus materials were 90 Chinese characters: 30 simplified legal, 30 complex legal, and 30 complex illegal characters. Subjects were asked to recognize and pronounce each character as quickly as possible. Results indicate that: the word-length effect can be generalized to context-free Chinese logograph recognition; familiarity of characters was more important than their simplicity; mainland Chinese outperformed Taiwanese Chinese subjects slightly in recognizing familiar characters, possibly due to presence of the complex illegal characters. Statistical summaries and data sheets are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: China; Taiwan