Reading and Reading Difficulties in a Morphemic Script

  • Che Kan Leong
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASID, volume 52)


The terms script and orthography are used interchangeably in this paper to refer to a system of writing to encode linguistic messages for interpretation by readers (Jensen, 1970). One of these codes is the morphemic script as represented by Chinese. The usage here is what Kratochvil (1968) calls modern standard Chinese or the vernacular written style or Baihuawen, which is contrasted with the highly formalized classical style or Wenyan. The term reading is used in the restricted sense of analytic reading with emphasis on accessing the abstract, internal lexicon to derive pronunciation and meaning from words and meaning from sentences.


Reading Comprehension Lexical Decision Chinese Character Lexical Decision Task Chinese Language 
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  • Che Kan Leong
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  1. 1.University of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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