The role of phonology in reading Japanese: Or why i don't hear myself when reading Japanese

Sachiko Kinoshita*

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    Abstract

    Based on the phenomenal experience that when I read Japanese I don't hear 'inner speech', I suggest that the role of phonology may be more limited when reading text in Japanese than in English. Although this possibility has been suggested by others, I argue for somewhat different sources of this reduced role. Specifically, I propose that the greater visual discriminability of kanji words under degraded conditions, and the less important role of word order as a syntactic cue are likely to be the key factors. Relevant literature is reviewed, and directions for future research are suggested.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)439-455
    Number of pages17
    JournalReading and Writing
    Volume10
    Issue number3-5
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

    Keywords

    • Kana/kanji mapping to phonology
    • Reduced phonology in parafoveal preview
    • Word order in sentence comprehension

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