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Article: A 'Radical' Approach to Reading Development in Chinese: The Role of Semantic Radicals and Phonetic Radicals

TitleA 'Radical' Approach to Reading Development in Chinese: The Role of Semantic Radicals and Phonetic Radicals
Authors
KeywordsEducation
Issue Date2003
PublisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.leaonline.com/loi/jlr
Citation
Journal of Literacy Research, 2003, v. 35 n. 3, p. 849-878 How to Cite?
AbstractTwo studies investigating the significance of radical knowledge in Chinese reading development are reported in this paper. Study 1 examined the semantic radical knowledge of 20 Grade 1, 20 Grade 3, and 20 Grade 5 Chinese children in Hong Kong. It was found that various types of semantic radical knowledge, including the position and semantic category of semantic radicals, correlated significantly with Chinese word reading and sentence comprehension. Study 2 examined phonetic radical knowledge with another three groups of 20 Chinese children in Grades 1, 3, and 5 respectively. It was found that various measures of phonetic radical knowledge, including the function and sound value of phonetic radicals, correlated significantly with Chinese word reading. These studies found that, developmentally, the children started acquiring the knowledge of character structure, position, semantic category, and sound value of radicals from about Grade 1. However, they did not understand that the function of semantic radicals is to provide meaning cues in reading until Grade 3. The authors concluded that the radical is an important orthographic processing unit in reading development in Chinese.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/42607
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.727
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.956
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dc.contributor.authorHo, CSHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorNg, TTen_HK
dc.contributor.authorNg, WKen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2007-03-23T04:27:34Z-
dc.date.available2007-03-23T04:27:34Z-
dc.date.issued2003en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Literacy Research, 2003, v. 35 n. 3, p. 849-878en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1086-296Xen_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/42607-
dc.description.abstractTwo studies investigating the significance of radical knowledge in Chinese reading development are reported in this paper. Study 1 examined the semantic radical knowledge of 20 Grade 1, 20 Grade 3, and 20 Grade 5 Chinese children in Hong Kong. It was found that various types of semantic radical knowledge, including the position and semantic category of semantic radicals, correlated significantly with Chinese word reading and sentence comprehension. Study 2 examined phonetic radical knowledge with another three groups of 20 Chinese children in Grades 1, 3, and 5 respectively. It was found that various measures of phonetic radical knowledge, including the function and sound value of phonetic radicals, correlated significantly with Chinese word reading. These studies found that, developmentally, the children started acquiring the knowledge of character structure, position, semantic category, and sound value of radicals from about Grade 1. However, they did not understand that the function of semantic radicals is to provide meaning cues in reading until Grade 3. The authors concluded that the radical is an important orthographic processing unit in reading development in Chinese.en_HK
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dc.publisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.leaonline.com/loi/jlren_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectEducationen_HK
dc.titleA 'Radical' Approach to Reading Development in Chinese: The Role of Semantic Radicals and Phonetic Radicalsen_HK
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