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LINGUIST List 17.1715

Tue Jun 06 2006

Qs: Dyslexia in L2; Passive to Active Language Use

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        1.    Anurag Rimzhim, Dyslexia in L2
        2.    Christina Bosemark, Passive to Active Language Use

Message 1: Dyslexia in L2
Date: 06-Jun-2006
From: Anurag Rimzhim <anuragrimzhimhotmail.com>
Subject: Dyslexia in L2

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am a Master's student at CBCS(Centre for Behavioural and Cognitive Science),
University of Allahabad, India. I am currently doing my master's thesis on
Perceptual processes (Letter Recognition, letter symmetry, reversal errors, etc.
) in Dyslexic children in Hindi and intend to do cognitive intervention as per
the requirement. At present i am contemplating on the issue that whether
dyslexia can exist in L2 independent of L1. This question is very important with
respect to India as most of the Indian children are bi/multilingual with English
as their L2 or L3. Moreover, almost all of the Indian languages have transparent
orthographies unlike English which has a deep orthography.

For this purpose we are trying to develop assessment tool to identify Indian
children who are dyslexic in Hindi and English. For this we need to have
thorough knowledge of devnagari/Hindi script from linguistic point of view. It
would really be very kind of you if you could send me some papers or give me
list/reference of books/Papers which I can buy from you or anywhere else. It
would be quite a help if you could tell me of somer key person I should contact
for the given purpose.

Thanking you,
With best regards,
Anurag Rimzhim,
(Centre for Behavioural and Cognitive Science)

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): Hindi (hin)
Message 2: Passive to Active Language Use
Date: 05-Jun-2006
From: Christina Bosemark <bosemarkgmail.com>
Subject: Passive to Active Language Use


Could someone point me to research data on precisely how much easier it is to
learn a foreign language for persons that already understand a language in its
spoken form versus people learning a new language from scratch?

The data can pertain to adults or children, and it should answer "how much
shorter time" on average the second language was mastered in active use by
someone already understanding the language. Also, what other significant
differences between the novice language learner compared to the one with a
passive knowledge was discovered -- either in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary
or pragmatics? The research does not need to include anything about literacy
skills in the foreign language.

Many thanks,
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Christina Bosemark
Multilingual Children's Association

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

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