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Early Reading Development
Early reading development
DominicWyse and UshaGoswami

Written language is one of the supreme achievements of human beings. It has enabled our ability to communicate over distances, to record history, to analyse at new depths, and to create new artistic forms. It is a cultural invention that in turn has had profound cultural and social effects. The creation of alphabetic written language was a highly significant development. All alphabets were originally derived from the Semitic syllabaries of the second millennium. The developments from both Greek script and the Roman alphabet can be seen in the use of the Latinised form of the first two letters of the Greek alphabet in the word itself, ‘alphabet’. Alpha was derived from the Semitic ‘aleph’ and ‘beta’ from ‘beth’ ...

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