The SAGE Handbook of Dyslexia is a comprehensive overview of a complex field. It is a rich, critical assessment of past and present theory and current research, which also looks to the future. The editors have brought together key figures from the international academic world - both researchers and practitioners - to examine the relationships between theoretical paradigms, research and practice, and to map new areas of research.

Dyslexia in Different Orthographies: Variability in Transparency

Dyslexia in Different Orthographies: Variability in Transparency

Dyslexia in different orthographies: Variability in transparency

This chapter

  • discusses the relationship between orthography and literacy difficulties;
  • discusses the transparency between language sounds and written symbols;
  • analyses the processing deficits related to dyslexia;
  • draws comparisons between English and Arabic; and
  • discusses the implications for theory and practice across different languages.

Although dyslexia has been identified amongst individuals learning to read and write in a wide variety of languages and, therefore, is not determined specifically by the language spoken (Smythe et al., 2004), the manifestation of dyslexia may vary across different languages and, as such, is not language independent. The important contribution of language and its critical influence on both the nature and incidence of dyslexia has been captured in the ...

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