Holistic versus analytic processing: Evidence for a different approach to processing of Chinese at the word and character levels in Chinese children
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AbstractAmong 30 Hong Kong Chinese fourth graders, sensitivities to character and word constructions were examined in judgment tasks at each level. There were three conditions across both tasks: the real condition, consisting of either actual two-character compound Chinese words or real Chinese compound characters; the reversed condition, with either the order of the two morphemes in the word or the order of the semantic and phonetic radicals in the character reversed; and the random condition, with either two morphemes randomly combined to create arbitrary nonwords or a semantic radical and a phonetic radical randomly combined using correct orthographic rules to create noncharacters. On the word level, children performed worst in the reversed condition and best with real words, whereas on the character level, children performed worst in the random condition and best in the reversed condition. Findings imply a holistic tendency toward word-level processing and an analytic approach to character-level processing in these Chinese children. (C) 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
All Author(s) ListLiu PD, Chung KKH, McBride-Chang C, Tong XH
Journal nameJournal of Experimental Child Psychology
Year2010
Month12
Day1
Volume Number107
Issue Number4
PublisherElsevier
Pages466 - 478
ISSN0022-0965
eISSN1096-0457
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsAccuracy; Compound character; Compound word; Lexical processing; Reaction time; Written Chinese
Web of Science Subject CategoriesPsychology; Psychology, Developmental; PSYCHOLOGY, DEVELOPMENTAL; Psychology, Experimental; PSYCHOLOGY, EXPERIMENTAL

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