Yudan Taiteki wrote:Harisenbon wrote:Native speakers would not require kanji to know where words start and end because of their mastery of the language,
I'm curious: Have you ever timed a native reading an all kana versus kanji-kana mix? Reading speed when reading aloud would not change, but in the (small) tests I've done with my Japanese friends, having kanji in the text actually does increase their reading speed by a fair amount. Change the hiragana out of katakana, and the reading speed gets even slower.
This is to be expected; as I've said before, people read what they are used to faster than what they don't. I would be surprised if a native Japanese could read all-kana as quickly as the normal kanji/kana mix, but I would be even more surprised if they practiced reading all-kana for a year and still were unable to read it as quickly as the normal system. This doesn't have anything to do with the theoretical advantage of one over the other.
Definately true. I notice that it takes me slightly longer to read things on Hack-A-Day than on other sites because their anti-shout filter turns everything into lower case. Also, when looking at text in all caps, I slow down as well. I'm definately used to the normal capitilization rules.
NoTiCe HoW mUcH yOu SlOw DoWn To ReAd ThIs SeNtEnCe ThAt DoEsN't FoLlOw ThE nOrMaL rUlEs.
The only reason it is quicker for a native speaker/high level reader to read a passage that follows the NORMAL writing system rules than a passage that doesn't is it's what they are used to. In their head, they must actively think about what they are seeing, instead of directly processing it.
Here's another writing system trick. With the following words, say what color they are printed in, not what word it is.
Blue Green Red Purple Orange Yellow Black White Red Green Orange Purple Blue Yellow Blue Purple White Green