How Language Characteristics Influence Turkish Literacy Development

Authored by: Aydin Yücesan Durgunoğlu

Handbook of Orthography and Literacy

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

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

10.4324/9780203824719.ch14

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Abstract

Languages around the world vary greatly in their structure as well as in how they represent the spoken language in their written form. Commonalities and differences in literacy development across the languages can help us distinguish between universal and language-specific aspects of this vital cognitive process. In this chapter, I focus on the properties of oral and written Turkish and how these properties affect literacy development of children as well as that of adults. Turkish, a member of the Altaic language family, is quite different from the Indo-European languages that have been studied most frequently in literacy research. It can therefore provide us with a different window to literacy development.

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