Individual differences in Cantonese Chinese word recognition: Insights from the Chinese Lexicon Project
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AbstractThe Chinese Lexicon Project is a repository of lexical decision data for 25,286 Cantonese Chinese two-character compound words. To create that repository, 594 participants responded to approximately 1,404 words and 1,404 nonwords over three sessions. Using the data in this repository, the present study examines the variability and reliability of Chinese lexical decision performance, along with the moderating influence of individual differences on lexical processing. We generally found high to very high within- and between-session reliabilities for mean response times, ex-Gaussian parameters, accuracy rates, and a composite proficiency measure tapping lexical processing fluency. Using linear mixed effects models, we also found reliable interactions between fluency and two lexical effects. Specifically, more fluent readers showed larger effects of word frequency and semantic transparency. These results attest to the stability of Chinese word recognition performance, and are most consistent with a flexible lexical processing system that adapts optimally to task demands.
All Author(s) ListLim RY, Yap MJ, Tse CS
Journal nameQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Volume Number73
Issue Number4
Pages504 - 518
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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