The complexities of written Chinese and the cognitive-linguistic precursors to reading, with consequent implications for reading interventions

Sylvia Chanda KALINDI, Kevin Kien Hoa CHUNG, Duo LIU, Li-Chih WANG

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Abstract

This chapter will review universal and unique cognitive-linguistic precursors to reading acquisition and impairment, such as reading disabilities and dyslexia, in the Chinese language. The chapter will examine research evidence linking phonological awareness, morphological awareness, orthographic awareness, rapid automatized naming (RAN), and visual skills to reading acquisition among children in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Understanding these cognitive-linguistic constructs and their mechanisms underlying reading acquisition is essential in order to explain reading impairment. Compared to dyslexic children of alphabetic languages, Chinese children with dyslexia present different and often multiple profiles of cognitive-linguistic deficits, the most dominant being RAN, orthographic awareness, and morphological awareness and the less dominant being phonological awareness. In particular, the review will examine the causes, characteristics, uniqueness or idiosyncrasies found in speakers of Chinese, and consequences of dyslexia in children in the three Chinese societies. Such a review will offer insight into and lay foundations for developing effective evidence-based interventions for children with reading impairment both inside and outside of school. Implications for current evidence-based practices in interventions are also discussed. Copyright © 2018 John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWriting systems, reading processes, and cross-linguistic influences: Reflections from the Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages
EditorsHye K. PAE
Place of PublicationAmsterdam; Philadelphia
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Pages99-120
ISBN (Electronic)9789027264053
ISBN (Print)9789027200730
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Citation

Kalindi, S. C., Chung, K. K. H., Liu, D., & Wang, L.-C. (2018). The complexities of written Chinese and the cognitive-linguistic precursors to reading, with consequent implications for reading interventions. In H. K. Pae (Ed.), Writing systems, reading processes, and cross-linguistic influences: Reflections from the Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages (pp. 99–120). Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Keywords

  • Interventions
  • Chinese language
  • Reading acquisition and difficulties
  • Dyslexia

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