chapter  22
12 Pages

Persian Orthography and Its Relation to Literacy

ByBahman Baluch

This chapter is divided into two sections: The first section deals with the Persian orthography and the nature of its phonological and morphological structure. These features are reviewed from a historical perspective followed by a discussion of how these historical changes have affected modern Persian. The second section deals with literacy acquisition and the nature of reading problems encountered by beginner and skilled readers. More specifically, we also examine the relationship between the written and spoken forms of language, potential difficulties the Persian orthography might present for the reader in the process of literacy acquisition, and the development of skilled reading. In the concluding part of this section, the question of whether introducing changes in the Persian orthography would minimize some of the difficulties being experienced by readers is raised.