Exploring the role of logographemes in Chinese handwritten word production

Markus Damian, Qingqing Qu*

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Recent research has demonstrated that abstract orthographic representations such as morphemes, syllables, and graphemes, influence handwritten production in languages with alphabetic scripts. The orthographic representations involved in the written production of non-alphabetic languages such as Chinese are less well understood. Chinese words consist of one or more characters which typically contain embedded radicals, with radicals themselves composed of strokes. A logographemic representational level, in between radical and strokes, has also been postulated. Here we report four experiments using a form preparation task (“implicit priming”) to test for the presence of radical and logographemic priming effects in writers of simplified Chinese characters. We found strong evidence for radical-based effects, but only weak evidence for logographemic priming effects, which contrasts with recent positive logographemic priming effects reported by Chen and Cherng (2013) for writers of traditional characters. Possible reasons for this discrepancy are discussed in terms of potential differences between simplified and traditional scripts, as well as other procedural differences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147–173
Number of pages27
JournalReading and Writing
Issue number1
Early online date11 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2019

Structured keywords

  • Language
  • Cognitive Science


  • Handwriting
  • Orthographic production
  • Chinese
  • Logographemes


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