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ERIC Number: ED092878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 19
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Speech and Lateralization of Language: Basic Research, Some Implications for Reading Disability.
Liberman, Isabelle Y.
Basic research in speech and the lateralization of language is shown to illuminate the problems of reading and some of its disabilities. First, it is pointed out how speech for the ear differs from reading, or language for the eye. Perceiving speech is easy because, as members of the human race, we all have access to a special physiological apparatus that decodes the complex speech signal and recovers the segmentation of the linguistic message. Reading is hard because the phonemic segmentation, which is automatic and intuitive in the case of speech, must be made fully conscious and explicit. The syllabic method supplemented by phonics is suggested for remediation of segmentation problems. Second, it is posited that since the sounds of speech are processed differently from nonspeech sounds, the two should not be diagnosed and remediated interchangeably. Third, it is shown that the relationships among cerebral lateralization for language, handedness, and poor reading can now be studied more meaningfully because of the recent development of new techniques. (Author/WR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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