Reducing the Cognitive Complexity in Reading the Arabic Script of Written Malay via Diacritics

Citation data:

Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, ISSN: 1877-0428, Vol: 114, Page: 40-44

Publication Year:
2014
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Repository URL:
https://works.bepress.com/heather_winskel/87; https://epubs.scu.edu.au/hahs_pubs/1955
DOI:
10.1016/j.sbspro.2013.12.653
Author(s):
Salehuddin, Khazriyati; Winskel, Heather
Publisher(s):
Elsevier BV
Tags:
Arabic script; cognitive complexity; DMDX; language and cognition; Malay; 170100; Medicine and Health Sciences
article description
Malay, the national language of Malaysia, is written in two distinct scripts: the Arabic script and the Romanised script. The Arabic script of written Malay is relatively more cognitively complex (Salehuddin, 2012); making it today the less preferred script of written Malay in comparison to Romanised script. Salehuddin (2013) proposed the introduction of the Arabic vowel diacritics into the Arabic script of written Malay to reduce its cognitive complexity. Hence, this paper presents results of an experiment using DMDX as a tool to investigate the accuracy of reading Malay words written in Arabic script with and without diacritics.