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Psychilinfuistic Interference of Characters in Reading Chinese
Author: Teh-Ming Yeh


In recent years neurolinguists have made quite a number of experiments in Chinese character recognition. Particular attenton is given to experiments and hypothese concernig ce-rebral domination and reading and writing ability. According to these theories, language and other analytic functions are located on the left side of the brain, while spatial and configurational abilities are located on the right side. There is some evidence, however, to support the claim that in learning a language, the use of both hemispheres of the brain is required. The right hemisphere dominates the ability to memorize Chinese characters do not go through an initial process of phonetic recognition before being fully recognized, as may be the case with English writing. Instead they are interpreted directly for meaning, as pictures are, so Chinese is often easier to recall than English.

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