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Handbook of Orthography and Literacy

Edited by: R. Malatesha Joshi , P. G. Aaron

Print publication date:  September  2005
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780805846522
eBook ISBN: 9780203824719
Adobe ISBN: 9781136781353

10.4324/9780203824719
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Until about two decades ago, the study of writing systems and their relationship to literacy acquisition was sparse and generally modeled after studies of English language learners. This situation is now changing. As the worldwide demand for literacy continues to grow, researchers from different countries with different language backgrounds have begun examining the connection between their writing systems and literacy acquisition. This text, which derives from a NATO sponsored conference on orthography and literacy, brings together the research of 70 scholars from across the world--the largest assemblage of such experts to date. Their findings are grouped into three parts, as follows:

Part I, Literacy Acquisition in Different Writing Systems, describes the relationship between orthography and literacy in twenty-five orthographic systems. This section serves as a handy reference source for understanding the orthographies of languages as diverse as Arabic, Chinese, English, Icelandic, Kannada, and Kishwahili.

Part II, Literacy Acquisition From a Cross-Linguistic Perspective, makes direct comparisons of literacy acquisition in English and other orthographic systems. The overall conclusion that emerges from these eight chapters is that the depth of an orthographic system does influence literacy acquisition primarily by slowing down the acquisition of reading skills. Even so, studies show that dyslexic readers can be found across all orthographic systems whether shallow or deep, which shows that dyslexia also has internal cognitive and biological components.

Part III, Literacy Acquisition: Instructional Perspectives, explores literacy acquisition from developmental and instructional perspectives and ends with a look into the future of literacy research.

This Handbook is appropriate for scholars, researchers, and graduate students in such diverse fields as cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics, literacy education, English as a second language, and communication disorders.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Evolution of an Alphabetic Writing System: The Case of Icelandic Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Literacy Acquisition in Norwegian Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Literacy Acquisition in Danish: A Deep Orthography in Cross-Linguistic Light Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Children’s Language Development and Reading Acquisition in a Highly Transparent Orthography Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Sources of Information Children Use in Learning to Spell: The Case of Finnish Geminates Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Orthography and Literacy in French Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The Acquisition of Literacy in Italian Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Reading and Spelling Acquisition and Dyslexia in German Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Double Dutch: The Dutch Spelling System and Learning to Spell in Dutch Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Literacy Acquisition in Spanish Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Beginning Reading Acquisition in Brazilian Portuguese Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Literacy Acquisition in Greek: Research Review of the Role of Phonological and Cognitive Factors Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The Acquisition of Written Morphology in Greek Download PDF
Chapter  14:  How Language Characteristics Influence Turkish Literacy Development Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Literacy Acquisition and Dyslexia in Hungarian Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Developmental Dyslexia: Evidence from Polish Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Word Reading in Bulgarian Children and Adults Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Early Phonological Skill as a Predictor of Reading Acquisition in Latvian Download PDF
Chapter  19:  If John Were Ivan, Would He Fail in Reading? Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Reading in Arabic Orthography: Characteristics, Research Findings, and Assessment Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Hebrew Orthography and Literacy Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Persian Orthography and Its Relation to Literacy Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Literacy Acquisition in Korean Hangul: Investigating the Perceptual and Phonological Processing of Good and Poor Readers Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Kagunita of Kannada—Learning to Read and Write an Indian Alphasyllabary Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Literacy in Kiswahili Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Reading Chinese Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Theoretical Framework for Beginning Reading in Different Orthographies Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Orthography, Phonology, and Reading Development: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Literacy Acquisition in Japanese—English Bilinguals Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Learning to Spell in Different Languages: How Orthographic Variables Might Affect Early Literacy Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Reading Acquisition in Different Orthographies: Evidence from Direct Comparisons Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Learning to Read: The Effect of Orthography Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Learning to Spell From Print and Learning to Spell From Speech: A Study of Spelling of Children Who Speak Tamil, a Dravidian Language Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Learning to Spell by Ear and by Eye: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Knowledge About Letters as a Foundation for Reading and Spelling Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Morphology and Spelling: What Have Morphemes to Do With Spelling? Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Metalinguistic Abilities, Phonological Recoding Skill, and the Use of Context in Beginning Reading Development: A Longitudinal Study Download PDF
Chapter  38:  The Case for Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Simple Phonics to Preschoolers Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Alphabetics Instruction Helps Students Learn to Read Download PDF
Chapter  40:  The Effectiveness of Synthetic Phonics Teaching in Developing Reading and Spelling Skills in English-Speaking Boys and Girls Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Genetic?? and Environmental Influences on the Development of Reading and Related Cognitive Skills Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Maternal Mediation in a Young Child’s Writing Activity: A Sociocultural Perspective Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Foundations for Studying Basic Processes in Reading Download PDF
Author_Index Download PDF
Subject_Index Download PDF
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