Read Writ (2011) 24:615–622 DOI 10.1007/s11145-010-9259-6 Beyond alphabetic processes: literacy and its acquisition in the alphasyllabic languages • • Sonali Nag Marketa Caravolas Margaret J. Snowling Published online: 21 September 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010 The alphasyllabary is a writing system that simultaneously represents sound at the level of the syllable as well as the phoneme. Alphasyllabic languages are found in three areas of the world: spread across South and South East Asia, in Ethiopia and neighbouring Eretria in Northern Africa and in pockets across the northern regions of North America. In this volume there are reports of languages from the South and South East Asian region. The Indic scripts (the scripts with roots in India) are often considered a prototype of the alphasyllabaries (Salomon, 2000), and examples of this family of alphasyllabaries are many: the South Asian scripts of Bengali, Hindi, Kannada and Tamil, the Central Asian Tibetan script and the Thai and Javanese scripts of South East Asia. One deﬁning feature of the Indic scripts is that the syllable symbol is constructed by stacking phoneme markers together. Thus a symbol for a CV syllable contains two phoneme-symbol segments while in more complex syllables (e.g., CCV, CCCV),
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