Age-of-acquisition effects on oral reading in Chinese

Liu, Youyi, Hao, Meiling, Shu, Hua, Tan, Li Hai and Weekes, Brendan Stuart (2008) Age-of-acquisition effects on oral reading in Chinese. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 15 (2). pp. 344-350. ISSN 1069-9384

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Abstract

The age of acquisition (AoA) of a word has an effect on oral reading. The mapping hypothesis (Zevin & Seidenberg, 2002, 2004) assumes that AoA effects on oral reading are a consequence of arbitrary mappings between input and output in the lexical network. The Chinese writing system is characterized by mappings between orthography and phonology that are mostly arbitrary, although some regular and consistent characters are predictable. Here, we report reduced effects of written AoA on the reading of predictable characters. We argue that written AoA has an effect on oral reading in Chinese because the family resemblance between lexical items is limited, as compared with written words in alphabetic script

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Brendan Stuart Weekes
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:49
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 16:58
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14597
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