Reading Chinese

Authored by: Him Cheung , Catherine McBride-Chang , Bonnie Wing-Yin Chow

Handbook of Orthography and Literacy

Print publication date:  September  2005
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780805846522
eBook ISBN: 9780203824719
Adobe ISBN: 9781136781353


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In this chapter we overview research on learning to read Chinese. We first describe Chinese orthography and then summarize past findings on adults' cognitive processing of written language. Next, we review studies on Chinese children's reading acquisition. Finally, we outline previous work on Chinese reading impairment. There are a number of unique features of written Chinese that have important implications for reading and learning to read.

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