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ERIC Number: EJ905236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 88
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8333
A Componential Approach for Bilingual Reading and Comparative Writing System Research: The Role of Phonology in Chinese Writing as a Test Case
Francis, Norbert
Language Learning, v60 n4 p683-711 Dec 2010
The special circumstances of bilingual and second language literacy learning offer investigators an important additional vantage point from which to better understand the components of reading ability. Cross-writing system comparisons complement this perspective. Comparing writing systems and how children learn to read through the medium of each system provides for tests of a number of hypotheses currently under discussion. One particularly instructive series of tests involves the contrast between alphabetic and nonalphabetic writing systems. This review of the research will examine proposals related to the role of phonology in word identification with a special focus on the morphosyllabic/logographic Chinese orthography. A componential, or modular, approach to the study of reading ability will be evaluated in relation to claims made from different perspectives on the question of the activation of phonological representations in reading. In particular, is the Universal Phonological Principle, proposed by C. Perfetti, compatible with a modular approach to the study of reading ability?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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