Journal of Psycholinguistic Research

, Volume 27, Issue 6, pp 619–637

The Consistency of Multiple-Pronunciation Effects in Reading: The Case of Japanese Logographs

  • Yuriko Kayamoto
  • Jun Yamada
  • Hiro-omi Takashima

DOI: 10.1023/A:1023227904895

Cite this article as:
Kayamoto, Y., Yamada, J. & Takashima, H. J Psycholinguist Res (1998) 27: 619. doi:10.1023/A:1023227904895


Naming latencies were measured for single- and multiple-reading (pronunciation) kanji words with two frequency levels in Experiment 1. Results showed that multiple-reading kanji are named much slower than are single-reading controls, the effect of multiple reading being greater than that of frequency. There was found to be measurable competition between two readings of a multiple-reading kanji. In Experiment 2, it was demonstrated that there are multiple-reading kanji which are named as fast as single-reading kanji, thereby showing that no significant competition is induced in them. In light of the theoretical perspective in this study, the conflicting results reported by previous studies are discussed.

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuriko Kayamoto
  • Jun Yamada
  • Hiro-omi Takashima

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations