Cognitive Neuroscience Studies of the Chinese Language


Edited by Henry S. R. Kao, Che-Kan Leong, and Ding-Guo Gao

ISBN : 978-962-209-568-7

Language, Linguistics, Reference

July 2002

344 pages, 6″ x 9″

  • HK$320.00

What are the linguistic constituents and structural components of Chinese characters and words? Does the spoken language provide a basis for reading different writing systems, including Chinese? How do the results of current neuroimaging and electrophysiological studies of processing Chinese converge with cognitive behavioural data? Are similar neurocognitive networks involved in reading alphabetic English and morphosyllabic Chinese? This volume brings together the related disciplines of neuroscience, cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics to explain some of the complex issues in understanding the processing of the Chinese language. Using current research findings and theories, chapters by leading researchers explore topics such as learning to read Chinese, word identification by readers of different skill and the development of Chinese vocabulary.

Henry S. R. Kao is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and founding member of the Chinese Language Cognitive Science Research Centre at the University of Hong Kong. He is among the early researchers in cognitive processing of Chinese and has co-edited several books in this area. Che-Kan Leong is Professor Emeritus of University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and Adjunct Professor of Educational Psychology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include metalinguistic abilities of children learning to read English and Chinese, among others. Ding-Guo Gao is Associate Professor and founding member of the Department of Psychology, School of Education, and Director of the Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Institute of Logic and Cognition, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. He has published on psycho-geometric analyses of Chinese characters.

“Chinese and its Japanese kanji derivative are living writing systems in daily use by hundreds of millions of people, and thus deserve in their own right to be examined by the best available scientific methods. The approach taken in this volume brings the issues to a more general level with deep implications for our understanding of how the mind can meet the brain in complex cognitive functions. Cutting edge techniques in neuroimaging, electrophysiology, eye movement recordings, together with connectionist modelling and careful analyses of perceptual and orthographic features, are used to reveal and clarify the complex nature of the information processes involved in reading Chinese characters. It is indeed a fascinating story, where many prejudiced beliefs are challenged and new insights of critical relevance for current theories of reading are developed.” —Professor Ingvar Lundberg, Department of Psychology, Goteborg University, Sweden