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Title: Predicting the naming of regular-, irregular- and non-phonetic compounds in Chinese
Authors: Lau, DKY 
Leung, MT 
Liang, Y
Keywords: Chinese
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: Clinical linguistics and phonetics, 2015, v. 29, no. 8-10, p. 776-792 How to cite?
Journal: Clinical linguistics and phonetics 
Abstract: This study investigated the contributions of different cognitive measures in predicting the three types of Chinese characters: regular phonetic compounds, irregular phonetic compounds and non-phonetic compounds. A total of 246 Grade 3 children (mean age = 8.63 yrs) were tested using a bunch of tasks including phonological processing, orthographic processing, morphological processing, rapid automatised naming and Chinese character naming. Results showed that advanced phonological processing skills contributed largely to regular phonetic compounds naming while other cognitive measures predict the naming of the other two types of characters. The results imply that the skills underlying the learning of regular phonetic compounds are different from that of irregular phonetic compounds and non-phonetic compounds, which are similar. Data from three poor readers whose performances pattern on naming different types of Chinese characters agreed with the pattern predicted by their performances in different cognitive tasks provide further support to the claim. Theoretical and pedagogical implications were discussed.
ISSN: 0269-9206 (print)
1464-5076 (online)
DOI: 10.3109/02699206.2015.1034379
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