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The Acquisition of Chinese Characters: Corpus Analyses and Connectionist Simulations

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Issue Date
2004
Publisher
Institute for Cognitive Science, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of Cognitive Science, Vol.5 No.1, pp. 1-49
Abstract
Empirical evidence has accumulated that regularity and consistency in
orthography-to-phonology correspondence both affect the processing and
acquisition of Chinese characters, and that they interact with character frequency
in complex ways. However, despite growing interests in the Chinese
orthography, few previous studies have systematically analyzed these effects on
a large scale, or have modeled the acquisition process using connectionist
networks. In this study, we set out to analyze a realistic character corpus as
learned by children in Chinese elementary school, in order to evaluate the
degree to which corpus analysis can inform us of the roles that regularity,
consistency, frequency, and their interactions play in childrens acquisition of
Chinese characters. We further modeled character acquisition in a selforganizing
connectionist network, developing orthographic representations on
the basis of our analysis of character properties in a large-scale character corpus.
Our model is able to faithfully capture the orthographic similarities of Chinese
characters, and moreover, display effects of regularity, consistency, character
frequency, and the complex interactions among them, matching up well with
available empirical evidence on childrens acquisition of characters during the
elementary school years.
ISSN
1598-2327
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/70746
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