Phonological consistency effects in Chinese sentence reading

Jinger PAN, Jochen LAUBROCK, Ming YAN

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In two eye-tracking experiments, we investigated the processing of information about phonological consistency of Chinese phonograms during sentence reading. In Experiment 1, we adopted the error disruption paradigm in silent reading and found significant effects of phonological consistency and homophony in the foveal vision, but only in a late processing stage. Adding oral reading to Experiment 2, we found both effects shifted to earlier indices of parafoveal processing. Specifically, low-consistency characters led to a better homophonic foveal recovery effect in Experiment 1 and stronger homophonic preview benefits in Experiment 2. These findings suggest that phonological consistency information can be obtained during sentence reading, and compared to the low-consistency previews the high-consistency previews are processed faster, which leads to greater interference to the recognition of target characters. Copyright © 2020 Society for the Scientific Study of Reading.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScientific Studies of Reading
Early online dateJul 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jul 2020


Pan, J., Laubrock, J., & Yan, M. (2020). Phonological consistency effects in Chinese sentence reading. Scientific Studies of Reading. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10888438.2020.1789146

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