Linguistic Effects on Anagram Solution: The Case of a Transparent Language

Menelaos Emmanouel Sarris, Chris T. Panagiotakopoulos


Anagram solution tasks have been frequently used to assess word recognition processes and relevant researchsuggests that anagram solution ability is closely related to reading. Recently, the anagram paradigm was utilized tocompare reading performance in the Greek language and was found to share significant positive correlation toreading fluency. The aim of the present study is to explore theoretical views with regard to the linguistic effects onsolving anagrams in a transparent language with a simple syllabic structure, using custom made software. Resultsfrom 76 children illustrate that anagram solution difficulty is influenced by both syllable complexity and graphemefrequency. These variables also explain much of the variation in terms of the number of moves required for solutionand the time spent working on anagrams.

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World Journal of Education
ISSN 1925-0746(Print)  ISSN 1925-0754(Online)

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