Bookcover of Learning to read non-alphabetic script
Booktitle:

Learning to read non-alphabetic script

Development of L2 script-specific recognition ability among English-speaking learners of Japanese

VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (2009-02-24 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-639-12373-9

ISBN-10:
3639123735
EAN:
9783639123739
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
Learning to read is a complex task for adult second language (L2) learners. In particular, reading non-alphabetic script can be a serious challenge for those with alphabetic backgrounds. While there are cross-linguistic effects, research suggests the existence of processes independent of such effects: readers develop L2-specific word recognition skills through building knowledge of L2 orthographic features. This book discusses development of L2 script-specific recognition ability among English-speaking learners of Japanese. By analysing results of behavioural tests and a verbal protocol administered to L2 readers of Japanese, the study investigated changes in developing L2 learners’ kanji recognition skills and their awareness of structure and function of characters at different stages of L2 exposure. By identifying several critical skills and awareness through analysing the results, the book further discusses the possibility of enhancing character recognition ability with use of explicit instruction at critical points. The book should be useful both to researchers and teachers who deal with second language acquisition, and those interested in learning character-based languages.
Publishing house:
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Website:
http://www.vdm-verlag.de
By (author) :
Etsuko Toyoda
Number of pages:
520
Published on:
2009-02-24
Stock:
Available
Category:
Language and literature science
Price:
79.00 €
Keywords:
Reading, Recognition, L2, Japanese, Script, word, Orthography, kanji, awareness, language

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