Towards the First Dyslexic Font in Russian

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Alexeeva , S , Dobrego , A & Zubov , V 2020 , Towards the First Dyslexic Font in Russian . in E Chersoni , B Devereux & C-R Huang (eds) , Workshop on Linguistic and Neurocognitive Resources (LiNCr2020) : Proceedings . European Language Resources Association (ELRA) , Paris , pp. 9-14 , Language Resources and Evaluation Conference , 11/05/2020 .

Title: Towards the First Dyslexic Font in Russian
Author: Alexeeva, Svetlana; Dobrego, Aleksandra; Zubov, Vladislav
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Languages
Chersoni, Emmanuele
Devereux, Barry
Huang, Chu-Ren
Publisher: European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Date: 2020
Language: eng
Number of pages: 6
Belongs to series: Workshop on Linguistic and Neurocognitive Resources (LiNCr2020) Proceedings
ISBN: 979-10-95546-52-8
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/317390
Abstract: Texts comprise a large part of visual information that we process every day, so one of the tasks of language science is to make them more accessible. However, often the text design process is focused on the font size, but not on its type; which might be crucial especially for the people with reading disabilities. The current paper represents a study on text accessibility and the first attempt to create a research-based accessible font for Cyrillic letters. This resulted in the dyslexic-specific font, LexiaD. Its design rests on the reduction of interletter similarity of the Russian alphabet. In evaluation stage, dyslexic and non-dyslexic children were asked to read sentences from the Children version of the Russian Sentence Corpus. We tested the readability of LexiaD compared to PT Sans and PT Serif fonts. The results showed that all children had some advantage in letter feature extraction and information integration while reading in LexiaD, but lexical access was improved when sentences were rendered in PT Sans or PT Serif. Therefore, in several aspects, LexiaD proved to be faster to read and could be recommended to use by dyslexics who have visual deficiency or those who struggle with text understanding resulting in re-reading.
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