Reading and Writing

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 231–253 | Cite as

Rapid naming speed and Chinese character recognition

  • Chen-Huei Liao
  • George K. Georgiou
  • Rauno Parrila


We examined the relationship between rapid naming speed (RAN) and Chinese character recognition accuracy and fluency. Sixty-three grade 2 and 54 grade 4 Taiwanese children were administered four RAN tasks (colors, digits, Zhu-Yin-Fu-Hao, characters), and two character recognition tasks. RAN tasks accounted for more reading variance in grade 4 than in grade 2, and graphological RAN tasks accounted for more reading variance than RAN Colors. After controlling for age, nonverbal intelligence, phonological sensitivity, short-term memory, and orthographic processing, RAN tasks were significant predictors of character recognition fluency in grade 2, and of both accuracy and fluency in grade 4.


Character recognition Chinese reading Rapid naming 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chen-Huei Liao
    • 1
  • George K. Georgiou
    • 1
  • Rauno Parrila
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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