Li-Chin Yang

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Although some traditional readability formulas have shown high predictive validity in the r = 0.8 range and above (Chall & Dale, 1995), they are generally not based on genuine linguistic processing factors, but on statistical correlations (Crossley et al., 2008). Improvement of readability assessment should focus on finding variables that truly represent(More)
Current readability formulae have often been criticized for being unstable or not valid. They are mostly computed in regression analysis based on intuitively-chosen variables and graded readings. This study explores the relation between text readability and the conceptual categories proposed in Prototype Theory. These categories form a hierarchy: Basic(More)
This is a case study of a child acquiring Taiwanese as her first language, attempting to model the phonological error patterns as well as output variation based on an optimality-theoretic (hereafter OT) analysis for her initial consonant acquisition. Driven by the fact that children usually do not produce one single output form that is identical to adults’,(More)
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