CHEN, Hsuan-Chih: Visual Encoding in Reading Chinese
Written Chinese has a number of unique and important properties and is probably the most enduring and widely used written language on earth. Most reading research, however, has been done on European languages with alphabetic systems, and only a small amount has involved the Chinese script. How do readers encode written Chinese? Can the specific properties of the language affect its corresponding processes in reading and comprehension? If so, how? These are the questions addressed in this presentation, which includes the following three main parts. The first presents a short analysis of the physical layout of Chinese text and some relevant properties that the Chinese script possesses. The second describes some recent work on eye movements in reading Chinese text with skilled adult readers. The third turns to the developmental pattern of eye movements in reading. It is concluded that how information is extracted from a printed page can be affected by language-specific factors of the written language.