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Title: Adding spaces to Thai and English: Effects on reading
Authors: Kohsom, C
Gobet, F
Keywords: Thai;English;spacing;reading;meaning;perceptual cues
Issue Date: 1997
Publisher: Erblaum
Citation: Kohsom, C., & Gobet, F. (1997). Adding spaces to Thai and English: Effects on reading. Proceedings of the 19th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, p. 388-393. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
Abstract: Most research on reading has used Western languages, which have the property of being spaced. This paper examines how spacing and meaning affect reading in Thai, a modern, alphabetic and unspaced language. Results show that subjects were faster in reading and made less errors when spaces were added. Meaning facilitates reading as well, and does not interact with spacing. Finally, ability to read unspaced texts in Thai does not transfer to English. The results support the hypothesis that spaces, when present at all, offer perceptual cues that facilitate reading. Efficiency considerations raise the question of whether Thai should follow the example of Western languages and incorporate spaces and punctuation.
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Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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