chapter  16
Effects of Oral Language on Sound Segmentation Skills: Crosslinguistic Evidence
WithElena Zaretsky
Pages 12

The ability to segment sounds, or phonological awareness1, is considered to be an essential skill for reading acquisition. Phonological awareness refers to the ability to consciously think about a spoken word in terms of sublexical elements such as syllables, onsets and rimes, and phonemes, and to manipulate these elements in a range of metaphonological tasks, from rhyme recognition to phonemic analysis. Learning to read and write in a language that employs an alphabetic orthography requires that novices come to understand the way that the components of spoken language are represented by the orthographic system in question.