Finlands Akademi
Sökande / Kontakt person Hyönä, Jukka Uolevi
Organisation Åbo universitet
Projektets titel Recognizing written words in Chinese and Finnish
Beslutnr 315963
Beslutsdatum 05.06.2018
Finansierings period 01.09.2018 - 31.08.2022
Finansiering 480 000
WebFOCUS Report
Beskrivning av projektet
The mankind has invented two very different ways to express languages in written form, alphabetic and logographic script. The alphabetic script contains a limited number of symbols (around 25 letters) that represent sounds in the spoken language. Finnish is the best example of the alphabetic script, because it has complete correspondence between letters and sounds. In the logographic script, the written symbols refer directly to meaning without recourse to spoken language. In contrast to the alphabetic script, a huge number of symbols (40 000 characters) are needed to represent meaning in written form. Chinese is the prime example of logographic scripts with a weak link between sound and the written form but a strong connection between semantics and the written form. Given these qualitatively different principles in representing language in written form, how does reading differ and is similar in these two languages, Finnish and Chinese? The project seeks answers to these questions.