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Vertical or Horizontal? Reading Directions in Japanese

Yasuko Obana
Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Vol. 60, No. 1 (1997), pp. 86-94
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/620771
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Vertical or Horizontal? Reading Directions in Japanese
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Abstract

Traditionally the Japanese language has been written vertically. Today, however, many reading materials are written horizontally. This paper analyses whether from the viewpoint of eye movement one direction is more advantageous than the other for the process of reading comprehension of the Japanese language. It concludes that the nature of the scripts and the shape of the characters make the process of reading comprehension equally efficient in either direction.

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