Towards the First Dyslexic Font in Russian

Svetlana Alexeeva, Aleksandra Dobrego, Vladislav Zubov

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorkshop on Linguistic and Neurocognitive Resources
Place of PublicationFrance
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Publication date2020
ISBN (Electronic)979-10-95546-52-8
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventThe 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference - Le Palais du Pharo, Marseille, France
Duration: 11 May 202016 May 2020
Conference number: 12

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Alexeeva, S., Dobrego, A., & Zubov, V. (2020). Towards the First Dyslexic Font in Russian. In Workshop on Linguistic and Neurocognitive Resources (pp. 9-14). France: European Language Resources Association (ELRA).