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Structural approaches and strategies to identify and remember Japanese kanji

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Structural approaches and strategies to identify and remember Japanese kanji

Plante, André (2007) Structural approaches and strategies to identify and remember Japanese kanji. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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Learning kanji seems to be the main difficulty for students of the Japanese language. Traditionally, kanji are identified and classified by their number of brush strokes, relationship to a root character or individual pronunciation. These classification methods are currently used in most reference documents. It soon becomes apparent that in order to consult a dictionary, students must have prior knowledge of the Japanese writing system. My hypothesis is that utilization of a search and retrieval method that is based on detailed description of the structure of Kanji may lead to improved recall of the Kanji under study. Such a method should promote better organized and more elaborated knowledge of the characters, based on underlying visual structure. A new on-line tool based on these visual and structural approaches was developed and compared with a traditional paper dictionary in a study involving 21 volunteers. Significant results in favour of the new search method were found.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Plante, André
Pagination:ix, 193 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Program:Education
Date:2007
Thesis Supervisor(s):Shaw, Steven
ID Code:975362
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:06
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:40
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