Cognitive processing of Chinese characters, words, sentences and Japanese kanji and kana: An introduction

Cognitive processing of Chinese characters, words, sentences and Japanese kanji and kana: An... 156 CHE KAN LEONG & KATSUO TAMAOKA research questions pertain to the application of theories and findings to lexical access of the non-alphabetic Chinese and the Japanese language systems. Chinese is morphosyllabic, which incorporates a phonological basis in ana- lytic word reading as shown in psychological analyses (e.g., Perfetti & Zhang 1995). But the phonological processing may not involve segmental analyses of phonemes and morphophonemes, and is more paradigmatic in nature. To what extent is word recognition and naming in Chinese aided by phonolog- ical representation? In the case of the bi-scriptal (kanji and kana), or more correctly the tri-scriptal (kanji, hiragana and katakana) Japanese syllabary, the processing of kanji symbols with their On- and Kun-reading to repre- sent meaning and of kana symbols with their moraic segments to represent subsyllabic and timing units may involve different cognitive structures. The research papers in this Special Issue are attempts to answer the above questions, and more. These papers are grouped into two sections, one dealing with Chinese and the other dealing with Japanese. As is evident, there are common processing mechanisms cutting across these two written language systems. Processing Chinese Over the past twenty years or so there have been Reading and Writing Springer Journals

Cognitive processing of Chinese characters, words, sentences and Japanese kanji and kana: An introduction

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Linguistics; Language and Literature; Psycholinguistics; Education, general; Neurology; Literacy
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