Introduction to the special issue

Introduction to the special issue Read Writ (2009) 22:753–754 DOI 10.1007/s11145-009-9171-0 Linda S. Siegel Published online: 25 February 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009 The goal of this special issue is to present research about reading and dyslexia in a variety of languages and orthographies. Most of the studies of reading and reading disability have been conducted in the English language. The English language is unique in the degree of irregularity of the correspondences between graphemes and phonemes. This special issue represents an attempt to understand some of the concepts in reading in languages that differ in significant ways from the English language. The authors have used different approaches, tasks, and methodologies. Two of the studies used orthographies, the Japanese and the Korean orthographies, that are quite different from English. One of these papers, Relationship between Reading/Writing Skills and Cognitive Abilities among Japanese Primary-School Children: Normal Readers versus Poor Readers (dyslexics) by Akira Uno, Taeko N. Wydell, Noriko Haruhara, Masato Kaneko, and Naoko Shinya compared the performance of dyslexics and normally achieving readers on the three scripts of Japanese, kanji, katakana, and hiragana. Both reading and writing (spelling) were investigated. The study compared these scripts on the factors relating to successful performance. Kanji characters, Reading and Writing Springer Journals

Introduction to the special issue

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Linguistics; Language and Literature; Psycholinguistics; Education, general; Neurology; Literacy
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