The effects of orthographic the depth of learning to read alphabetic, syllabic, and logographic scripts

Ellis, Nick, Natsume, Miwa, Stavropoulou, Katerina, Hoxhallari, Lorenc, Van Daal, Victor, Polyzoe, Nicoletta, Tsipa, Matia-Louisa and Petalas, Michalis (2004) The effects of orthographic the depth of learning to read alphabetic, syllabic, and logographic scripts. Reading Research Quarterly, 39 (4). pp. 438-468. ISSN 0034-0553 DOI https://doi.org/10.1598/RRQ.39.4.5

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Abstract

This study investigated the effects of orthographic depth on reading acquisition in alphabetic, syllabic, and logographic scripts. Children between 6 and 15 years old read aloud in transparent syllabic Japanese hiragana, alphabets of increasing orthographic depth (Albanian, Greek, English), and orthographically opaque Japanese kanji ideograms, with items being matched cross-linguistically for word frequency. This study analyzed response accuracy, latency, and error types. Accuracy correlated with depth: Hiragana was read more accurately than, in turn, Albanian, Greek, English, and kanji. The deeper the orthography, the less latency was a function of word length, the greater the proportion of errors that were no-responses, and the more the substantive errors tended to be whole-word substitutions rather than nonword mispronunciations. Orthographic depth thus affected both rate and strategy of reading.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Education
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 15:56
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/9787

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