Project on readers' perceptual span

The project will examine whether competent readers of Finnish would have a larger perceptual span than readers of many other languages. The prediction is based on the fact that Finnish has a near-perfect correspondence between graphemes and phonemes, which may result in Finnish readers being able to extract more information during a single glance than, for example, readers of English - a language with irregular grapheme-phoneme correspondence rules.

Another question examined in the project deals with Finnish readers' ability to utilize the words' morphological structure to guide their eyes optimally for word recognition. In Finnish, words typically contain inflectional and other endings attached to the word root (as in saunassamme = sauna + in + our = in our sauna). The project will examine to what extent readers can perceive and utilize the word's morphological structure even before directing their eyes to it.

Published date 10/30/2014 3:10 PM ,  Modified date 11/7/2014 4:24 PM