Multiple-level integration during Chinese comprehension: Morpheme, word and text

Multiple-level integration during Chinese comprehension: Morpheme, word and text

First Author: Lin Chen -- School of Chinese As A Second Language, Sun Yat-Sen University
Additional authors/chairs: 
Xiaoping Fang; Charles Perfetti; Guiping Xu
Keywords: Chinese, Reading comprehension, Morphological processing, ERP
Abstract / Summary: 

Event-related potentials (ERPs) were used to investigate Chinese word-to-text integration processes. In two-sentence passage, co-referential words showed a N400 reduction of paraphrase effect. It indicated that, Chinese word was integrated into text immediately as in English, which supported the universal immediate word-to-text integration principle. As an important constituent of word, the role of morpheme was investigated in Chinese word-to-text integration. Sharing morpheme did not show significant amplitude change of N200 and N400 component when word meaning correlation was controlled. It indicated that word meaning played a more important part in Chinese word-to-text integration compared with morpheme.