© 1998

Cognitive Processing of the Chinese and the Japanese Languages

  • Che Kan Leong
  • Katsuo Tamaoka

Part of the Neuropsychology and Cognition book series (NPCO, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VI
  2. Cognitive Processing of Chinese characters, words, sentences and Japanese kanji and kana: An introduction

  3. Processing of the Chinese Language

  4. Processing of the Japanese Language

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 317-318

About this book


The area of cognitive processing of Chinese and Japanese is currently attracting a great deal of attention by leading cognitive psychologists. They aim to find out the similarities and differences in processing the morphosyllabic Chinese and Japanese syllabary as compared with alphabetic language systems.
Topics under the processing of Chinese include: the use of phonological codes in visual identification of Chinese words, the constraint on such phonological activation, recognition of Chinese homophones, Chinese sentence comprehension and children's errors in writing Chinese characters.
Topics under the processing of Japanese include: the automatic recognition of kanji within an interactive-activation framework, On-reading and Kun-reading of kanji characters, processing differences between hiragana and kanji, the effect of polysemy on katakana script, and the writing behavior of Japanese and non-Japanese speakers.
The interactive-activation model provides the phonologic-orthographic links in processing both language systems.
The present volume should add greatly to our understanding of this topic. Many of the contributors are internationally known for their experimental psychological work.


Alphabet Chinese Japanese Japanisch Kana Kanji Priming attention character language

Editors and affiliations

  • Che Kan Leong
    • 1
    • 2
  • Katsuo Tamaoka
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SaskatchewanCanada
  2. 2.Hiroshima UniversityJapan

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Cognitive Processing of the Chinese and the Japanese Languages
  • Editors C.K. Leong
    Katsuo Tamaoka
  • Series Title Neuropsychology and Cognition
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-5479-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-5140-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-9161-4
  • Series ISSN 0927-0116
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 322
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cognitive Psychology
    Psychology, general
    General Psychology
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