ABSTRACT

This book provides a unique and accessible account of current research on reading and dyslexia in different orthographies. While most research has been conducted in English, this text presents cross-language comparisons to provide insights into universal aspects of reading development and developmental dyslexia in alphabetic and non-alphabetic languages.

The book brings together contributions from a group of leading literacy researchers from around the world. It begins by examining the development of language skills in monolingual speakers of alphabetic and non-alphabetic languages; it then explores literacy acquisition in bilingual children learning to read in languages with different spelling-sound rules, including English, French, Greek, Welsh and Japanese. The second section is devoted to developmental dyslexia in monolingual and bilingual speakers of different languages and examines the impact of variations in orthography on the symptoms and aetiology of dyslexia. The final section explores the contribution of brain imaging to the study of impaired and unimpaired reading, giving an up-to-the-minute picture of how the brain deals with different languages and writing systems.

This is ideal reading for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates who have an interest in language acquisition, reading and spelling, as well as speech and language therapists, teachers and special educational needs professionals.

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SECTION 1 The development of reading skills in different orthographies

chapter 1|20 pages

Reading and dyslexia in different orthographies: An introduction and overview

BySINÉ McDOUGALL, NICOLA BRUNSWICK AND PAUL DE MORNAY DAVIES

chapter 3|26 pages

Phonological development from a cross-linguistic perspective

ByLYNNE G. DUNCAN

chapter 4|18 pages

Letter position encoding across deep and transparent orthographies

ByMARIA KTORI, NICOLA J. PITCHFORD

chapter 6|20 pages

Writing a language that you can’t hear

ByTEREZINHA NUNES, DIANA BURMAN, DEBORAH EVANS, DANIEL BELL

part |2 pages

SECTION 2 Developmental dyslexia in different orthographies

chapter 7|24 pages

Unimpaired reading development and dyslexia across different languages

ByNICOLA BRUNSWICK

chapter 8|26 pages

Reading acquisition and dyslexia in Spanish

ByROBERT A. I. DAVIES AND FERNANDO CUETOS

chapter 9|18 pages

Lexical reading in Italian developmental dyslexic readers

ByDESPINA PAIZI, PIERLUIGI ZOCCOLOTTI, CRISTINA BURANI

chapter 10|22 pages

Dyslexia in Chinese: Implications for connectionist models of reading

ByI-FAN SU, KATHRIN KLINGEBIEL AND BRENDAN S. WEEKES

chapter 11|26 pages

Dyslexia in biscriptal readers

ByJOHN EVERATT, DINA OCAMPO, KAZUVIRE VEII, STYLIANI NENOPOULOU, IAN SMYTHE, HAYA AL MANNAI AND GAD ELBEHERI

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SECTION 3 Neuroimaging studies of reading in different orthographies