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Chapter 12: Reading
It is clearly impossible to cover reading fully in a chapter of this length, as there are entire textbooks (Crowder & Wagner, 1992; Just & Carpenter, 1987; Rayner & Pollatsek, 1989) devoted to reading. The focus in this chapter is on the processes by which the visual information on the printed page is extracted by the visual system and turned into language, which is largely the study of how printed words are identified. Chapter 10 by Garnham in this volume fills in much of the rest of the story, as it is devoted to the more ‘global’ aspects of reading comprehension. In the process of discussing how words are identified in the context of reading, we shall also discuss, in some detail, how ...