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The multiple pronunciations of Japanese kanji: A masked priming investigation
Verdonschot, Rinus Gerardus; La Heij, Wido; Tamaoka, Katsuo; Kiyama, Sachiko; You, Wen-Ping; Schiller, Niels Olaf; Verdonschot, RG (reprint author), Nagoya Univ, Sch Languages & Cultures, Chikusa Ku, Furo Cho, Nagoya, Aichi 4648601, Japan.
2013
Source PublicationQUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
ISSN1747-0218
Subtype期刊论文
Volume66Issue:10Pages:2023-2038
Contribution Rank5
AbstractEnglish words with an inconsistent grapheme-to-phoneme conversion or with more than one pronunciation (homographic heterophones; e.g., lead-/l epsilon d/, /lid/) are read aloud more slowly than matched controls, presumably due to competition processes. In Japanese kanji, the majority of the characters have multiple readings for the same orthographic unit: the native Japanese reading (KUN) and the derived Chinese reading (ON). This leads to the question of whether reading these characters also shows processing costs. Studies examining this issue have provided mixed evidence. The current study addressed the question of whether processing of these kanji characters leads to the simultaneous activation of their KUN and ON reading, This was measured in a direct way in a masked priming paradigm. In addition, we assessed whether the relative frequencies of the KUN and ON pronunciations (dominance ratio, measured in compound words) affect the amount of priming. The results of two experiments showed that: (a) a single kanji, presented as a masked prime, facilitates the reading of the (katakana transcriptions of) their KUN and ON pronunciations; however, (b) this was most consistently found when the dominance ratio was around 50% (no strong dominance towards either pronunciation) and when the dominance was towards the ON reading (high-ON group). When the dominance was towards the KUN reading (high-KUN group), no significant priming for the ON reading was observed. Implications for models of kanji processing are discussed.
KeywordReading aloud Masked priming Japanese kanji Pronunciation Phonology Homographic heterophony
Subject AreaCultural Psychology
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Language英语
Funding OrganizationJapanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) [P12315]
Project Intro.R.V.'s research is presently supported by a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) postdoctoral fellowship for foreign researchers (P12315). The authors would like to thank Clemens Poppe for his support with the stimuli of Experiment 1 and John Phillips, Nanae Murata, Chikako Ara, Satoru Muraoka, Yayoi Miyaoka, and Ritsuko Kikusawa for their help in recruiting and testing participants in Japan. Also we would like to thank Jennifer Burt and two anonymous reviewers for their valuable suggestions on this manuscript.
WOS Research AreaPsychology ; Physiology
WOS SubjectPsychology, Biological ; Physiology ; Psychology ; Psychology, Experimental
WOS IDWOS:000327186700011
WOS HeadingsSocial Sciences ; Science & Technology ; Life Sciences & Biomedicine
WOS KeywordWEB-ACCESSIBLE DATABASE ; LEXICAL ACCESS ; WORD RECOGNITION ; FREQUENCY ; CONSISTENCY ; HOMOGRAPHS ; ACTIVATION ; CHINESE ; TIME
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/10797
Collection中国科学院行为科学重点实验室
Corresponding AuthorVerdonschot, RG (reprint author), Nagoya Univ, Sch Languages & Cultures, Chikusa Ku, Furo Cho, Nagoya, Aichi 4648601, Japan.
AffiliationVerdonschot, RG (reprint author), Nagoya Univ, Sch Languages & Cultures, Chikusa Ku, Furo Cho, Nagoya, Aichi 4648601, Japan.
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Verdonschot, Rinus Gerardus,La Heij, Wido,Tamaoka, Katsuo,et al. The multiple pronunciations of Japanese kanji: A masked priming investigation[J]. QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY,2013,66(10):2023-2038.
APA Verdonschot, Rinus Gerardus.,La Heij, Wido.,Tamaoka, Katsuo.,Kiyama, Sachiko.,You, Wen-Ping.,...&Verdonschot, RG .(2013).The multiple pronunciations of Japanese kanji: A masked priming investigation.QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY,66(10),2023-2038.
MLA Verdonschot, Rinus Gerardus,et al."The multiple pronunciations of Japanese kanji: A masked priming investigation".QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 66.10(2013):2023-2038.
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