Neurocognitive Approaches to the Processing of Chinese

Ping Li, Hua Shu, Youyi Liu

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Summary This chapter provides an overview of the neurocognitive approaches to the study of Chinese, along with the relevant methodologies that have aided researchers, in investigating the important issues regarding the processing of Chinese. In the first part of the chapter, the focus is on studies that investigate orthographic processing of Chinese reading. The second part discusses prosodic and phonological processing, and in the third part, lexical representation and processing are discussed. In the final part, recent work on phrase and sentence level processing are highlighted. The chapter also discusses on how language-specific features of Chinese impact the representation, processing, and acquisition of language, pointing out some future directions. It presents studies that aim at understanding the neurocognitive mechanisms of language using a variety of methods, including behavioral tests, computational modeling, and neural methods such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and event-related potential (ERP).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Chinese Linguistics
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781118584552
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese
  • lexical acquisition
  • lexical representation
  • neurocognitive approaches
  • orthographic processing
  • phonological processing
  • prosodic processing


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