chapter  26
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Reading Chinese

ByHim Cheung, Catherine McBride-Chang, Bonnie Wing-Yin Chow

Actually, the concept of a "Chinese word" is rather fuzzy, even among native speakers (Chen, 1993). Chinese readers all know what a character is; their identification of characters would agree perfectly with one another, because characters are equally spaced. However, Chinese readers' agreement on word identity is typically less than satisfactory, perhaps because Chinese words are not marked by spaces in print. Nevertheless, words do playa role in reading comprehension; Chinese readers are simply unaware of their identity (Chen, 1993).