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Article: Chinese children’s statistical learning of orthographic regularities: Positional constraints and character structure

TitleChinese children’s statistical learning of orthographic regularities: Positional constraints and character structure
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Issue Date2014
PublisherTaylor & Francis. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/titlecontent=t775653700
Citation
Scientific Studies of Reading, 2014, v. 18 n. 4, p. 291-308 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study examined how Chinese children acquire the untaught positional constraints of stroke patterns that are embedded in left–right structured and top–bottom structured characters. Using an orthographic regularity pattern elicitation paradigm, 536 Hong Kong Chinese children at different levels of reading (kindergarten, 2nd, and 5th grades) were asked to produce invented characters with left–right and top–bottom stroke pattern pairs. Even kindergartners were aware of the positional constraints of stroke patterns and were able to produce orthographically legal pseudocharacters with different stroke pattern pairs. This ability improved across grade level. Moreover, there was a production asymmetry in which children produced more top–bottom structured pseudocharacters than left–right structured pseudocharacters. The error pattern analysis further revealed that more positional errors were observed in producing left–right structured noncharacters than in the top–bottom structured noncharacters. This production asymmetry seemed to reflect children’s experience with a distribution asymmetry observed between left–right (59.19%) and top–bottom structured characters (23.46%) in a corpus of school Chinese. These results are discussed within the framework of statistical learning of orthographic regularity in Chinese.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/200897
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dc.contributor.authorTong, Xen_US
dc.contributor.authorMcBride, Cen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-21T07:06:42Z-
dc.date.available2014-08-21T07:06:42Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationScientific Studies of Reading, 2014, v. 18 n. 4, p. 291-308en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/200897-
dc.description.abstractThis study examined how Chinese children acquire the untaught positional constraints of stroke patterns that are embedded in left–right structured and top–bottom structured characters. Using an orthographic regularity pattern elicitation paradigm, 536 Hong Kong Chinese children at different levels of reading (kindergarten, 2nd, and 5th grades) were asked to produce invented characters with left–right and top–bottom stroke pattern pairs. Even kindergartners were aware of the positional constraints of stroke patterns and were able to produce orthographically legal pseudocharacters with different stroke pattern pairs. This ability improved across grade level. Moreover, there was a production asymmetry in which children produced more top–bottom structured pseudocharacters than left–right structured pseudocharacters. The error pattern analysis further revealed that more positional errors were observed in producing left–right structured noncharacters than in the top–bottom structured noncharacters. This production asymmetry seemed to reflect children’s experience with a distribution asymmetry observed between left–right (59.19%) and top–bottom structured characters (23.46%) in a corpus of school Chinese. These results are discussed within the framework of statistical learning of orthographic regularity in Chinese.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/titlecontent=t775653700en_US
dc.relation.ispartofScientific Studies of Readingen_US
dc.rightsPREPRINT This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the [JOURNAL TITLE] [year of publication] [copyright Taylor & Francis]; [JOURNAL TITLE] is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/ with the open URL of your article POSTPRINT ‘This is an electronic version of an article published in [include the complete citation information for the final version of the article as published in the print edition of the journal]. [JOURNAL TITLE] is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/ with the open URL of your article.en_US
dc.titleChinese children’s statistical learning of orthographic regularities: Positional constraints and character structureen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailTong, X: xltong@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityTong, X=rp01546en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/10888438.2014.884098en_US
dc.identifier.hkuros233153en_US
dc.identifier.volume18en_US
dc.identifier.issue4en_US
dc.identifier.spage291en_US
dc.identifier.epage308en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000337242800004-

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