The Multilingual Reading Brain: An ERP Study of Language Interactions in Three Writing Systems

Project: Research project

Project Details


This study will tease apart visual and phonological overlaps in word forms in cognates with both alphabetic and non-alphabetic languages. Chinese/Japanese Kanji same-script cognates and English/Japanese Katakana crossscript cognates will be presented to Chinese-English-Japanese trilinguals and two control groups of Chinese-English and Japanese-English bilinguals in Hong Kong. Participants will engage in lexical decision and delayed word naming with simultaneous eye-tracking and ERP recordings. Results will clarify and contrast the roles of orthography and phonology in three languages and four scripts. Task-related differences will be reveal whether multilingual word processing is context-dependent and moderated by top-down control.

Funding Source: RGC - Early Career Scheme (ECS)
Effective start/end date01/01/1930/06/21


  • word access
  • second language acquisition
  • reading


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