Understanding the mapping principle of one syllable one character as a predictor of word reading development in Chinese

Dan LIN, Ling-po SHIU, Yingyi LIU

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Abstract

Speech-print mapping awareness is defined as the awareness of the principles underpinning how speech sound is matched to print symbols. Chinese is unique in that it follows the one syllable one character mapping principle. The present study examined the predictive power of speech.print mapping awareness in young children’s word reading. Seventy-four Hong Kong children from the first and second kindergarten years were tested with phonological awareness, visual skills, syllable-level mapping awareness, and Chinese reading ability at Time 1. Chinese reading abilities were tested again 1 year later. It was found that syllablelevel mapping awareness predicted Chinese word reading abilities 12 months later. Further, it seemed that the link of syllable mapping to Chinese reading is particularly significant for beginning readers. The findings suggest that understanding the language-specific speech. print mapping principle is critical for reading acquisition at the early stage of reading development. Copyright © 2016 Korean Association of Child Studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-85
JournalChild Studies in Asia-Pacific Contexts
Volume6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016

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Lin, D., Shiu, L.-P., & Liu, Y. (2016). Understanding the mapping principle of one syllable one character as a predictor of word reading development in Chinese. Child Studies in Asia-Pacific Contexts, 6(2), 73-85. Retrieved from http://www.dbpia.co.kr/Journal/ArticleDetail/NODE07084890

Keywords

  • Speech-print mapping awareness
  • Phonological awareness
  • Visual skills
  • Chinese reading