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July 2001

Word Identification and Eye Movements in Reading Chinese: A Modeling Approach

Doctoral dissertation © Copyright by Chih-Hao Tsai, 2001.
Dissertation Abstracts International, 62, 3825. (PDF/paper copies can be purchased from UMI.)

Chih-Hao Tsai, Ph.D.
College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001
*The author is now at Kaohsiung Medical University.

George McConkie (Advisor), Richard Anderson, Kevin Miller, Jerome Packard

Abstract | Dedication | Acknowledgements

Page Numbers

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No PDF version of this dissertation is provided because: (1) PDF is a proprietary format developed by Adobe, and I don't like proprietary document format. (2) In comparison with HTML, PDF is not good for on-screen reading.

But You Still Use GIF...

I should have used PNG instead of the patented GIF for graphics. However, Netscape Navigator 4 does not support background transparency in PNG. In this case, usability concerns take precedence over open source.

p. viiiTable of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. Words in Chinese
  3. Mental Lexicon and Lexical Access
  4. Word Identification During Online Reading
  5. Some Problems in Chinese Reading Research
  6. Word Identification in Reading Chinese: A New Analysis
  7. Research Framework
  8. Part 1: Pre-model Analysis
  9. Part 2: Modeling Word Identification and Eye Movements
  10. General Discussion



  1. Tables
  2. Figures
  3. Examples of Errors in Disambiguating Disjunctive Ambiguity