Predicting the naming of regular-, irregular-and non-phonetic compounds in Chinese

Kai Yan Lau, Man Tak Leung, Yuan Liang, Jason Chor Ming Lo

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This study investigated the contributions of different cognitive measures in predicting the three types of Chinese characters: regular phonetic compounds, irregular phonetic compounds and non-phonetic compounds. A total of 246 Grade 3 children (mean age = 8.63 yrs) were tested using a bunch of tasks including phonological processing, orthographic processing, morphological processing, rapid automatised naming and Chinese character naming. Results showed that advanced phonological processing skills contributed largely to regular phonetic compounds naming while other cognitive measures predict the naming of the other two types of characters. The results imply that the skills underlying the learning of regular phonetic compounds are different from that of irregular phonetic compounds and non-phonetic compounds, which are similar. Data from three poor readers whose performances pattern on naming different types of Chinese characters agreed with the pattern predicted by their performances in different cognitive tasks provide further support to the claim. Theoretical and pedagogical implications were discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)776-792
Number of pages17
JournalClinical Linguistics and Phonetics
Issue number8-10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Chinese
  • language
  • psycholinguistics
  • reading

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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