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|Title:||Empirical Evidence on Character Recognition in Multimedia Chinese Tasks|
Hong Gang Jin
Department of English, NTNU
The present study reports the findings concerning the effects of multimedia and processing experience on Chinese character recognition. One hundred twenty English speaking university students who were L2 learners of Chinese performed a recall task on 36 Chinese characters displayed on a computer with three types of multimedia presentations, focusing on word formation rules (radicals), character stroke sequences, and pronunciation (Pinyin). The results indicate that participants who worked with the radical presentation performed best, and the performance of those who worked with the stroke presentation was in turn better than those working with the Pinyin presentation. The experiment found that in addition to effective multimedia, three critical factors contribute to the success of Chinese character recognition: (a) L2 processing strategies which are different from L1, (b) increased overall L2 linguistic knowledge, especially orthographic knowledge of Chinese radicals and strokes, and finally (c) metalinguistic awareness, i.e. sensitivity to orthographic regularity.
|Appears in Collections:||Concentric: Studies in English Literature and Linguistics|
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