Comparing first language processes in Chinese and Australian undergraduates

Au, A., Meng, W-J., Caltabiano, N., and Caltabiano, M. (2010) Comparing first language processes in Chinese and Australian undergraduates. In: Proceedings of the 3rd Asian Psychological Association’s Conference, p. 28. From: 3rd Asian Psychological Association’s Conference, 4-7 July 2010, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia.

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Abstract

The present study compared certain semantic and verbal fluency processes in Chinese and Australian first language speakers. Sixty Chinese and 60 Australian undergraduates participated in semantic decision, semantic fluency, letter fluency, reading and spelling tasks administered in their first language. Results showed that semantic decision and semantic fluency correlated significantly with reading and spelling in Chinese. However, only semantic decision correlated significantly with reading in English. In particular, semantic decision significantly predicted reading and spelling in both languages. Consistent with previous studies, letter fluency seemed to be less relevant to later stages of reading acquisition. The relative contribution of the semantic and verbal fluency processes in each language is discussed in terms of the age of the participants, and also in terms of the orthography of Chinese and English. Educational implications in first language learning are discussed.

Item ID: 15080
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2010 01:46
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1702 Cognitive Science > 170204 Linguistic Processes (incl Speech Production and Comprehension) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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