Processing levels in foreign-language reading

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Reading is a highly complex activity that can be described according to different interacting processing levels. These levels correspond to the use of specific kinds of knowledge. This paper presents a survey of research data on reading with the focus on reading a foreign language, especially when related to previously acquired languages. Most of the data on the reading process come from cognitive psychology and deal with reading L1 English. Data and hypotheses on word recognition and sentence processing both in other languages and in foreign language reading are considered where possible.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHamburg Studies on Multilingualism
EditorsJan D. Ten Thije, Ludger Zeevaert
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)978-90-272-1926-8
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NameReceptive Multilingualism

Bibliographical note

Jan D. ten Thije,Ludger Zeevaert


  • processing levels
  • foreign language reading
  • word recognition
  • sentence processing


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