Reading sentences in Serbian: Effects of alphabet and reading mode in self-paced reading task Cover Image

Reading sentences in Serbian: Effects of alphabet and reading mode in self-paced reading task
Reading sentences in Serbian: Effects of alphabet and reading mode in self-paced reading task

Author(s): Dušan Vejnović, Tamara Jovanovic
Subject(s): Psycholinguistics, South Slavic Languages, Cognitive Psychology, Experimental Pschology
Published by: Društvo psihologa Srbije
Keywords: bialphabetism; sentence reading; reading aloud; silent reading; self-paced reading task;

Summary/Abstract: The study examined the influence of alphabet (Cyrillic vs. Latin) and reading mode (silent reading vs. reading aloud) on sentence reading speed in Serbian. Entire-sentence and single-word reading times were obtained from the moving window paradigm in the self-paced sentence reading task. Sentences printed in Latin took less time for reading than sentences printed in Cyrillic and silent reading was more rapid than reading aloud. Single-word processing results followed the pattern observed in entire-sentence analysis. Faster reading of Latin sentences and words is likely a consequence of subjects’ predominant exposure to this alphabet. Reading aloud was slower than silent reading due to the articulation process, which is present in the former but not in the latter. The effect of the alphabet did not depend on reading mode, suggesting that the two modes of reading involve essentially same cognitive processes. Aloud reading procedures do not seem inappropriate for the research of bialphabetism.

  • Issue Year: 45/2012
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 361-376
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English