The Multiple Pronunciations of Japanese Kanji: A Masked Priming Investigation

  title={The Multiple Pronunciations of Japanese Kanji: A Masked Priming Investigation},
  author={Rinus G Verdonschot and Wido La Heij and Katsuo Tamaoka and Sachiko Kiyama and Wenping You and N. Schiller},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology},
  pages={2023 - 2038}
English words with an inconsistent grapheme-to-phoneme conversion or with more than one pronunciation (“homographic heterophones”; e.g., “lead”–/l∊d/, /lid/) are read aloud more slowly than matched controls, presumably due to competition processes. In Japanese kanji, the majority of the characters have multiple readings for the same orthographic unit: the native Japanese reading (KUN) and the derived Chinese reading (ON). This leads to the question of whether reading these characters also shows… Expand
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