Character recognition without sound or meaning Myers, J en_US Taft, Marcus en_US Chou, P en_US 2021-11-25T13:39:34Z 2021-11-25T13:39:34Z 2007 en_US
dc.description.abstract A long-running debate in Chinese psycholinguistics has concerned the relative roles of semantics and phonology in reading Chinese characters. Some researchers argue that character reading requires activation of phonological representations, while others maintain the traditional view that Chinese readers generally access meanings directly without phonological mediation. This paper describes an experiment that addresses this debate from a novel direction: Chinese readers were asked to report what they know about simple characters with unfamiliar meanings and/or pronunciations. The `phonology-first` view predicts that it should be impossible to know the meaning of a character without knowing its pronunciation, while the semantics-first` view predicts that it should be impossible to know the pronunciation of a character without knowing its meaning. Our experiment showed that both situations can exist, though with quantitative and qualitative differences: knowing the pronunciation without knowing the meaning is a somewhat more common occurrence, though it arises most often with characters that share a phonological component with other characters, while knowing the meaning without the pronunciation most often occurs when readers have an alternative (nonstandard) pronunciation for the character or when the character is used as a quasi-linguistic symbol. Moreover, a signal detection analysis found no difference in sensitivity to meaning vs. pronunciation. At the same time, however, readers were strongly biased in their confidence judgments about phonology. Our results thus reaffirm support for a more nuanced position in the debate over Chinese reading, one where both phonology and semantics play key roles in reading. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0091-3723 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other characters en_US
dc.subject.other writing systems en_US
dc.subject.other reading en_US
dc.subject.other phonology en_US
dc.subject.other semantics en_US
dc.subject.other psycholinguistics en_US
dc.title Character recognition without sound or meaning en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Science
unsw.relation.ispartofissue 1 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal Journal of Chinese Linguistics en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 1-57 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 35 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Myers, J en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Taft, Marcus, Psychology, Faculty of Science, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Chou, P en_US School of Psychology *
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