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Title: The development of visual search strategies in biscriptal readers
Authors: Rickard Liow, S.J. 
Green, D.
Tam, M.M.L-J.
Keywords: Bilingual reading
Biscriptal reading
Cross-linguistic research
Reading development
Writing scripts
Issue Date: 1999
Citation: Rickard Liow, S.J.,Green, D.,Tam, M.M.L-J. (1999). The development of visual search strategies in biscriptal readers. International Journal of Bilingualism 3 (4) : 333-349. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In visual search tasks, skilled adult readers of English process letters of the alphabet differently from other symbols (Hammond & Green, 1982; Mason, 1982). Less skilled (young) readers of English, and skilled readers of logographic scripts, do not show this differential processing across stimuli (Green, Hammond, & Supramaniam, 1983; Green & Meara, 1987). To test whether cognitive processing in bilinguals depends upon script combinations and language proficiency, we investigated the development of alphabetic and logographic visual search strategies in two kinds of biscriptals: Malay-English and Chinese-English readers. Our results support the view that there are scriptspecific and reader-specific differences amongst bilingual biscriptals. The implications of these effects for dual-route models of reading and stage models of reading acquisition are discussed.
Source Title: International Journal of Bilingualism
ISSN: 13670069
DOI: 10.1177/13670069990030040201
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