Reading in Arabic Orthography: Characteristics, Research Findings, and Assessment

Authored by: Salim Abu-Rabia , Haitham Taha

Handbook of Orthography and Literacy

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

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


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Arabic is a Semitic language with a unique orthography that just recently has attracted scholars' attention, but a study of Arabic orthography can shed light on its unique characteristic features and the role these features play in the reading processes of regular, dyslexic, and nondyslexic poor readers. This chapter presents the Arabic orthography and some related research findings concerning the following: reading accuracy, reading comprehension, reading and spelling errors of dyslexic and regular readers, and bilingual readers. In addition, the chapter discusses some issues relating to reading instruction and intervention. The Arabic research findings are reviewed and discussed in terms of the findings from other orthographies such as English.

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