Read Writ (2009) 22:633–635 DOI 10.1007/s11145-009-9170-1 Introduction to the special issue of reading and writing: ‘‘Lexical representations in reading and writing’’ Joanne Arciuli Published online: 26 February 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009 Human beings were not born to read or write and, for many, the process of acquiring the skills associated with this cultural invention is arduous. Our species took 2,000 years to arrive at the alphabet but individuals born into the modern world are expected to master this complex code in around 2,000 days (Wolf, 2008). Despite the difﬁculties associated with learning to read and write, these processes provide the foundation for higher-level cognitive skills and have allowed the species to prosper. Throughout history, interest in reading and writing has been universal and has led to many great debates, which will be familiar to this journal’s readership. For example, philosophers in ancient Greece speculated about the consequences of a transition from oral to written culture, many have argued about the interpretation of religious texts, the best way to teach literacy in schools has become a pressing concern for governments and parents, discussion of the underpinnings of dyslexia have evolved from psychoanalysis to neuroscience and we now wonder
Reading and Writing – Springer Journals
Published: Feb 26, 2009
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