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Are the characters in some writing systems more or less visually distinctive than in others?

I'm curious about how writing systems like Burmese or Thai - the characters of which look to my untrained eye far more similar than Latin or Japanese characters - are distinguished by native readers, ...
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Academically reliable calculator of Gunning Fog Index

Gunning Fog Index is used to estimate the readability of a sentence. Is the website gunning-fog-index.com reliable for academic research purposes? If not, what software should I use?
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Replacing Chinese characters with pinyin forever as Vietnamese did

I know both languages to a certain extent. By no means I am fluent; reading is still a challenge, especially in Chinese, thus I am not allowed to firmly stand by my opinion. I often ponder on the big ...
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To what extent can Japanese Kana be adapted to the Spanish language and be intelligible?

I have noticed that Spanish phonology is quite similar to that of Japanese and that their syllable structures are both relatively simple. Say--for instance, that one were to write a Spanish passage ...
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Does capitalizing nouns improve readability?

In German, one capitalizes the nouns in a sentence. In the video Life in Germany - Ep. 42: English vs. German, an American claims that capitalizing the nouns makes it easier to understand a sentence. ...
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How to assess the language register of speech?

I am looking for ways to automatically assess the language register of a person's speech: formal, informal, ... or through some grading mechanism that would associate a 'score' depending on the person'...
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Words and reading level

There are various measure for Reading Level. Is there a source of information and scores/ratings for individual words? (I'm wondering if some words are only used by certain ages and/or education ...
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What should I think of when choosing readability test?

I'm thinking of doing some measurements on readability in various tasks, but looking through available readability tests was somewhat like falling down a rabbit hole. What are the most used ones, and ...
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Deciphering a handwritten script

There are many studies on calligraphy, and in some cultures (Chinese, Indic, Arabic) it became a really significant part of culture. However, there are not only examples of good handwriting. Often we ...