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ERIC Number: EJ866625
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
Effects of Adding Interword Spacing on Chinese Reading: A Comparison of Chinese Native Readers and English Readers of Chinese as a Second Language
Bassetti, Benedetta
Applied Psycholinguistics, v30 n4 p757-775 Oct 2009
English is written with interword spacing, and eliminating it negatively affects English readers. Chinese is written without interword spacing, and adding it does not facilitate Chinese readers. "Pinyin" (romanized Chinese) is written with interword spacing. This study investigated whether adding interword spacing facilitates reading in Chinese native readers and English readers of Chinese as a second language. Participants performed two sentence-picture verification tasks with sentences written with "pinyin" or "hanzi" (characters). Interword spacing facilitated pinyin reading in English readers but not in Chinese readers; it did not affect hanzi reading in either group. The effects of interword spacing on second language reading appear to be determined by characteristics of both readers' first language writing system and the writing system being read.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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