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Reading Is Fundamentally Similar Across Disparate Writing Systems: A Systematic Characterization of How Words and Characters Influence Eye Movements in Chinese Reading
Li, Xingshan1; Bicknell, Klinton2; Liu, Pingping1; Wei, Wei1; Rayner, Keith2
2014-04-01
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-GENERAL
ISSN0096-3445
SubtypeArticle
Volume143Issue:2Pages:895-913
AbstractWhile much previous work on reading in languages with alphabetic scripts has suggested that reading is word-based, reading in Chinese has been argued to be less reliant on words. This is primarily because in the Chinese writing system words are not spatially segmented, and characters are themselves complex visual objects. Here, we present a systematic characterization of the effects of a wide range of word and character properties on eye movements in Chinese reading, using a set of mixed-effects regression models. The results reveal a rich pattern of effects of the properties of the current, previous, and next words on a range of reading measures, which is strikingly similar to the pattern of effects of word properties reported in spaced alphabetic languages. This finding provides evidence that reading shares a word-based core and may be fundamentally similar across languages with highly dissimilar scripts. We show that these findings are robust to the inclusion of character properties in the regression models and are equally reliable when dependent measures are defined in terms of characters rather than words, providing strong evidence that word properties have effects in Chinese reading above and beyond characters. This systematic characterization of the effects of word and character properties in Chinese advances our knowledge of the processes underlying reading and informs the future development of models of reading. More generally, however, this work suggests that differences in script may not alter the fundamental nature of reading.
KeywordChinese reading eye movements mixed-effects regression
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Language英语
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Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/14248
Collection中国科学院行为科学重点实验室
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Behav Sci, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Univ Calif San Diego, Dept Psychol, San Diego, CA 92103 USA
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Li, Xingshan,Bicknell, Klinton,Liu, Pingping,et al. Reading Is Fundamentally Similar Across Disparate Writing Systems: A Systematic Characterization of How Words and Characters Influence Eye Movements in Chinese Reading[J]. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-GENERAL,2014,143(2):895-913.
APA Li, Xingshan,Bicknell, Klinton,Liu, Pingping,Wei, Wei,&Rayner, Keith.(2014).Reading Is Fundamentally Similar Across Disparate Writing Systems: A Systematic Characterization of How Words and Characters Influence Eye Movements in Chinese Reading.JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-GENERAL,143(2),895-913.
MLA Li, Xingshan,et al."Reading Is Fundamentally Similar Across Disparate Writing Systems: A Systematic Characterization of How Words and Characters Influence Eye Movements in Chinese Reading".JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-GENERAL 143.2(2014):895-913.
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