Orthography and reading speed: Data from native readers of Kannada

Orthography and reading speed: Data from native readers of Kannada Reading has been an extensively studied topicin the Western hemisphere for several decades,and an enormous amount of empirical data hasaccumulated on various aspects of readingalphabetic writing systems like English. Oflate, there has been some interest in theprocessing of non-alphabetic scripts. However,there is hardly any empirical research base onseveral of these writing systems. Twoexperiments are reported on factors influencingrapid reading of words in Kannada, a Dravidianlanguage spoken in southern India. The resultsindicate that word frequency and word type(concrete vs. abstract) do not affect Kannadaword reading latencies (Experiment 1), whereassyllable length, orthographic complexity, andphoneme/grapheme sequence irregularity doaffect reading latencies (Experiment 2). The resultsare discussed in terms of the need for cautionin generalizing from studies based onalphabetic scripts, and point to the relevanceof considering orthography-specific variablesin understanding reading time, even in adult,proficient readers. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Reading and Writing Springer Journals

Orthography and reading speed: Data from native readers of Kannada

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Linguistics; Language and Literature; Psycholinguistics; Education, general; Neurology; Literacy
ISSN
0922-4777
eISSN
1573-0905
D.O.I.
10.1023/B:READ.0000013822.44739.c4
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Abstract

Reading has been an extensively studied topicin the Western hemisphere for several decades,and an enormous amount of empirical data hasaccumulated on various aspects of readingalphabetic writing systems like English. Oflate, there has been some interest in theprocessing of non-alphabetic scripts. However,there is hardly any empirical research base onseveral of these writing systems. Twoexperiments are reported on factors influencingrapid reading of words in Kannada, a Dravidianlanguage spoken in southern India. The resultsindicate that word frequency and word type(concrete vs. abstract) do not affect Kannadaword reading latencies (Experiment 1), whereassyllable length, orthographic complexity, andphoneme/grapheme sequence irregularity doaffect reading latencies (Experiment 2). The resultsare discussed in terms of the need for cautionin generalizing from studies based onalphabetic scripts, and point to the relevanceof considering orthography-specific variablesin understanding reading time, even in adult,proficient readers.

Journal

Reading and WritingSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 18, 2004

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