Introduction Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal 16: 1–3, 2003. © 2003 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands. 1 2 SÃO LUÍS CASTRO & LUZ CARY 1 2 University of Porto, Porto, Portugal; University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal For a number of years, a group of researchers has regularly met to discuss factors contributing to reading disability, with the ultimate goal of finding ways to break down the barriers that reading disability places in front of human development. These meetings were organized through a European network funded by the European Union under the COST A8 Action on “Learning disorders as a barrier to human development.” After having explored such classical issues as dyslexia, phonological awareness, remedi- ation strategies and others, general agreement arose that it would be useful to step back and examine the link between language problems and speech. This special issue was first conceived of at the conference “Speaking and listening: Its role in learning how to read and spell” held in Lisbon in December 1998 and was then developed into a series of papers. Speech perception and production have not traditionally been central to the study of language. Saussure (1985/1915: 155) intuited that thought remained an Reading and Writing Springer Journals


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