Literacy, Language and Learning:The Nature and Consequences of Reading and Writing
Literacy is an important concern of contemporary societies. This book offers a comprehensive survey of recent efforts to understand the nature of written language and its role in cognition and in social and intellectual life. The authors represent a wide range of disciplines - cognitive psychology, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, education, history and philosophy - and address a wide range of questions. Is literacy a decisive factor in historical and cultural change? Does it alter the mental and social lives of individuals? If so how and via what mechanisms? Does learning to read and write change children's speech, thought or orientation to language? What are children and adults learning when they acquire literate skills? Are there differences - linguistic, psychological and functional - between speaking and writing? And are there differences between oral and written languages?
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LITERACY AND SOCIETY
On the printing press as an agent of change
The concept of literacy in print and film
Linguistic differences produced by differences
Relative focus on involvement in oral and written
Are there really no primitive languages?
universal and culturespecific
Oral and literate competencies in the early school
Oralwritten differences in the production and recall
Development of dialectical processes in composition
Effects of printed language acquisition on speech
Interactions between spelling and sound in literacy
Phonology in reading
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