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Title: Phonological recoding and cognitive processing of Chinese characters
Keywords: lexical decision, speeded radical search, phonetic radicals, phonetic regularity, syllable phonology, tone phonology
Issue Date: 7-Apr-2004
Citation: WEE MAY LING, OLIVIA (2004-04-07). Phonological recoding and cognitive processing of Chinese characters. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The phonetic regularity of Chinese characters comprises both syllable and tone phonology. To date, the research on prelexical phonological recoding of Chinese characters remains equivocal and raises the question of differences in meta-phonological awareness amongst skilled readers. In this thesis, the phonetic regularity of Chinese characters was investigated using lexical decision, a speeded (43 ms, 57 ms and 85 ms) visual search paradigm, and a post-test hanyu pinyin transcription task. The results showed that with normal presentation in lexical decision, there was a small but unreliable effect of phonetic regularity, but with fast presentation times in radical search, an effect of syllable phonology was found as early as 43 ms, and an effect of tone phonology was only found at 85 ms. Moreover, as expected, participants made more transcription errors when the character differed only in tone from its base phonetic radical. Taken together, these experiments offer a means of reconciling previous work, and are consistent with the view that prelexical syllable phonology plays some role in skilled reading of Chinese characters, tonal phonology is necessarily postlexical, and phonological recoding is obligatory even in tasks that only require visual processing.
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