Scripts and Literacy: Reading and Learning to Read Alphabets, Syllabaries, and Characters

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Insup Taylor, David R. Olson
Springer Science & Business Media, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 388 pages
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Literacy is a concern of all nations of the world, whether they be classified as developed or undeveloped. A person must be able to read and write in order to function adequately in society, and reading and writing require a script. But what kinds of scripts are in use today, and how do they influence the acquisition, use and spread of literacy? Scripts and Literacy is the first book to systematically explore how the nature of a script affects how it is read and how one learns to read and write it. It reveals the similarities underlying the world's scripts and the features that distinguish how they are read.
Scholars from different parts of the world describe several different scripts, e.g. Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Amerindian - and how they are learned. Research data and theories are presented.
This book should be of primary interest to educators and researchers in reading and writing around the world.
 

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Contents

1 AN INTRODUCTION TO READING THE WORLDS SCRIPTS
1
OPTIONAL AND OPTIMAL SCRIPTS
17
A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
19
3 OPTIMAL ORTHOGRAPHIES
31
A CRITIQUE OF SAMPSONS CLASSIFICATION
45
A PARADIGM IN CRISIS
59
THE ATHAPASKAN LANGUAGES OF THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES CANADA
77
A DRAVIDIAN LANGUAGE
95
13 TEACHING JAPANESE TODDLERS TO READ KANJI AND KANA
199
14 ASYMMETRIES BETWEEN READING AND WRITING FOR JAPANESE CHILDREN
215
IMPLICATIONS FROM THE STUDY OF HEMISPHERE FUNCTIONING
231
16 WRITING SYSTEMS AND ACQUISITION OF READING IN AMERICAN CHINESE AND JAPANESE FIRSTGRADERS
247
17 BRAHMI SCRIPTS ORTHOGRAPHIC UNITS AND READING ACQUISITION
265
18 ORTHOGRAPHIC AND COGNITIVE PROCESSING IN LEARNING TO READ ENGLISH AND HEBREW
277
COGNITIVE AND METALINGUISTIC IMPLICATIONS OF LEARNING TO READ
293
EVIDENCE FROM HINDI AND URDU
295

READING PROCESSES FOR DIFFERENT SCRIPTS
109
GRAPHEMEPHONEME REGULARITY AND ORTHOGRAPHIC STRUCTURE IN WORD RECOGNITION
111
9 GETTING AT THE SOUND AND MEANING OF LOGOGRAPHIC AND ALPHABETIC SCRIPTS
131
ALPHABETIC VS LOGOGRAPHIC LANGUAGES
145
11 ORTHOGRAPHIC AND PSYCHOLINGUISTIC CONSIDERATIONS IN DEVELOPING LITERACY IN CHINESE
163
CHINESE CHARACTERS vs PHONETIC SCRIPTS
185
EARLY STAGES OF LEARNING TO READ
197
20 COGNITIVE CONSEQUENCES OF LI AND L2 ORTHOGRAPHIES
311
EVIDENCE FROM KOREAN BISCRIPTALS
327
22 SYLLABIC LITERACY AND COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE AMONG THE CREE AND OJIBWE PEOPLE OF NORTHERN CANADA
341
23 ORTHOGRAPHY VISION AND PHONEMIC AWARENESS
359
AUTHOR INDEX
375
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