Chinese Text Presentations and Reading Efficiency Yu, Qiaona 2022-04-19T00:28:03Z 2022-04-19T00:28:03Z 2022-04-15
dc.description.abstract Unlike alphabetic languages, Chinese text marks no word demarcation. Previous research inserted word-demarcating spaces into Chinese text but found inconsistent effects on reading efficiency. To address the potential trade-off effects of the additional length caused by inserted spaces, this study introduces color-and-font formatting as a word demarcation. A total of 41 first-language (L1) and English-speaking second-language (L2) Chinese speakers read Chinese text presented in conventional, interword spaced, nonword spaced, interword formatted, and nonword formatted conditions. Participants further answered comprehension questions and shared retrospective perceptions. The results suggest altered text presentations can facilitate reading for L2 Chinese learners in accordance with proficiency levels and learning objectives. Interword spaced text facilitated reading speed, especially for higher-level Chinese learners. Interword formatted text facilitated accuracy for all L2 Chinese learners. Nonword formatted text facilitated accuracy for lower-level Chinese learners. In addition, altered text presentations were generally acknowledged and welcomed by L2 Chinese learners.
dc.identifier.citation Yu, Q. (2022). Chinese text presentations and reading efficiency. Reading in a Foreign Language, 34(1), 142-164.
dc.identifier.issn 1539-0578
dc.publisher University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.publisher Center for Language & Technology
dc.subject L2 Chinese reading
dc.subject reading efficiency
dc.subject reading speed
dc.subject reading accuracy
dc.subject word demarcation
dc.subject space
dc.subject formatting
dc.title Chinese Text Presentations and Reading Efficiency
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.endingpage 164
prism.number 1
prism.publicationname Reading in a Foreign Language
prism.startingpage 142
prism.volume 34
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