Reading as a human activity is a ubiquitous and complex linguistic ability involving numerous functions, applications, and concepts. While one frequent definition of reading is the process of deriving meaning from print, this definition is not sufficient. Although as a linguistic ability the construction of meaning from a text is typically the primary function of reading, the term can refer to a host of functions ranging from the perfunctory utterances produced by a newsreader to the detailed interpretation of any written text. Similarly, reading has been applied across a wide array of phenomena, from reading facial expressions, tea leaves, and pressure gauges to reading package labels, novels, and philosophical tomes. The concepts involved in reading as a human activity are also varied. Within the ...

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