Comparing first language processes in Chinese and Australian undergraduates

Meng, Wen-Jin, Au, Agnes, Caltabiano, Nerina, and Caltabiano, Marie (2013) Comparing first language processes in Chinese and Australian undergraduates. In: McCarthy, Sherri, Jaafar, Jas, Kamal, Anila, and Zubair, Aisha, (eds.) Psychology at work in Asia. Proceeds of the 3rd and 4th Asian Psychological Association Conferences and the 4th International Conference on Organizational Psychology . Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, pp. 204-218.

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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: 15079
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-4438-4253-2
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2013 by Sherri McCarthy, Jas Jaafar, Anila Kamal and Aisha Zubair and contributors
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2020 01:32
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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