Reading and the perception of orthographic regularities: A comparison between French and Chinese


Abstract : Reading is a fundamental ability necessary to operate in most human societies, and an essential component of this complex mental activity is the recognition of individual words. A lot of research has been devoted to the processes of transcoding between orthographic and phonological codes, whereas many recent models focused on early orthographic processing but do not take linguistic structure into account. One big challenge is therefore to produce a theory of visual word recognition which considers the multiple characteristics of words (orthography, phonology, morphology, semantic), without ignoring that reading is primarily based on visual marks. In the present project, the hypothesis that sensitivity to orthographic regularities is a key concept to integrate the early perceptual processes of word identification and the mapping between orthography, phonology, and morphology will be examined. This issue will be addressed with experiments using behavioural, electrophysiological, and neuroimaging measures. A key point of the project will consist in comparing the development of sensitivity to orthographic regularities in French and Chinese to examine to what extent writing systems influence the perception and use of regularities.
Promoteur/Supervisor : Prof. Chetail Fabienne
Email : fchetail@ulb.ac.be
Site Web/Web site : http://fchetail.ulb.ac.be
Centre de recherche/Research center : Center for Research in Cognition & Neurosciences
Faculté/Faculty : Faculty of Psychology and Education/Facult√© des Sciences psychologiques et de l'√©ducation
Ecole doctorale/Graduate Colleges : Science of Psychology and Education/Sciences psychologiques et de l'éducation
Ecole doctorale thématique/Graduate School (French Only): Neurosciences



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