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Visual, Lexical, and Contextual Factors Affecting Word Identification During the Reading of Korean

Kim, Say Young (2007) Visual, Lexical, and Contextual Factors Affecting Word Identification During the Reading of Korean. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In order to assess the role of visual, lexical, and contextual information on word identification in Korean, a self-paced reading experiment was conducted. The effects of word length (i.e., number of visual features, letters, phonemes, and syllables), frequency of occurrences in printed text, and word predictability were examined. It was found that the number of syllables and the number of visual features affected reading times significantly, but the other sub-lexical units (i.e., phonemes and letters) did not. Word frequency and predictability affected reading times respectively; however, the interaction between these two variables did not. The results imply that Korean word identification during reading can be affected highly by word frequency and relatively weakly by word predictability. Word frequency also interacted with word length, which is consistent with previous studies. It is concluded that in Korean the relevant processing unit, in the context of reading a sentence, is the syllable, taking internal structure variations into account.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kim, Say Youngsyk2@pitt.eduSYK2
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairReichle, Erik Dreichle@pitt.eduREICHLE
Committee MemberPerfetti, Charles Aperfetti@pitt.eduPERFETTI
Committee MemberTokowicz, Natashatokowicz@pitt.eduTOKOWICZ
Committee MemberWarren, Tessatessa@pitt.eduTESSA
Date: 23 January 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 27 April 2006
Approval Date: 23 January 2007
Submission Date: 7 December 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: context effect; Korean; word frequency; word identification; word length
Other ID:, etd-12072006-213523
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:08
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:53


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