Cross-Linguistic Research on Literacy Development

Lynne G. Duncan

In: Encyclopedia of Language Development

Cross-Linguistic Research on Literacy Development

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  • The possibility that literacy may be established more easily in some languages than in others has generated much interest. In addition to genetic and other factors that are internal to the individual, the learning time needed to establish a basic cognitive organization for reading may be subject to various external influences, including cultural attitudes to literacy, educational approaches, the nature of the spoken language, and the way in which speech is represented in the written language. For this reason, cross-linguistic comparisons of reading and spelling development are increasingly popular as such studies offer the opportunity to tease apart general processes in literacy acquisition from those that are specific to particular languages or language groups, with concomitant benefits for theoretical understanding and educational practice. Findings show ...

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