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LINGUIST List 17.496

Thu Feb 16 2006

Books: Psycholinguistics: Shimron/Breznitz

Editor for this issue: Megan Zdrojkowski <meganlinguistlist.org>


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        1.    Elizabeth Gangeri, Reading Hebrew: Shimron
        2.    Elizabeth Gangeri, Fluency in Reading: Breznitz


Message 1: Reading Hebrew: Shimron
Date: 31-Jan-2006
From: Elizabeth Gangeri <Elizabeth.Gangerierlbaum.com>
Subject: Reading Hebrew: Shimron


Title: Reading Hebrew
Subtitle: The Language and the Psychology of Reading It
Published: 2006
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
                http://www.erlbaum.com/

Author: Joseph Shimron, University of Haifa
Hardback: ISBN: 0805850767 Pages: 216 Price: U.S. $ 59.95
Abstract:

Over the last two decades, the study of languages and writing systems and
their relationship to literacy acquisition has begun to spread beyond
studies based mostly on English language learners. As the worldwide demand
for literacy continues to grow, researchers from different countries with
different language backgrounds have begun examining the connection between
their language and writing system and literacy acquisition. This volume is
part of this new, emerging field of research. In addition to reviewing
psychological research on reading (the author's specialty), the reader is
introduced to the Hebrew language: its structure, its history, its writing
system, and the issues involved in being fluently literate in Hebrew.

This volume is appropriate for anyone interested in comparative reading and
writing systems or in the Hebrew language in particular. This includes
linguists, researchers, and graduate students in such diverse fields as
cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics, literacy education, English as a
second language, and communication disorders.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Description
                            Psycholinguistics
                            Writing Systems

Subject Language(s): Hebrew (heb)

Written In: English (eng )

See this book announcement on our website:
http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=18176


Message 2: Fluency in Reading: Breznitz
Date: 31-Jan-2006
From: Elizabeth Gangeri <Elizabeth.Gangerierlbaum.com>
Subject: Fluency in Reading: Breznitz


Title: Fluency in Reading
Subtitle: Synchronization of Processes
Published: 2006
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
                http://www.erlbaum.com/

Author: Zvia Breznitz, University of Haifa
Hardback: ISBN: 080584144X Pages: 320 Price: U.S. $ 99.95
Abstract:

This is the first book to examine in-depth the crucial role of the speed of
information processing in the brain in determining reading fluency in both
normal and dyslexic readers.

Part I explains fluency in reading from both traditional and modern
perspectives. Fluency has historically been viewed as the outcome of other
reading-related factors and has often been seen as a convenient measure of
reading skills. This book, however, argues that fluency has a strong impact
on other aspects of reading and plays a central role in the entire reading
process.

Part II deals with the determinants of reading fluency. Chief among these
is the speed of information processing in the brain. Using both behavioral
and electrophysiological evidence, the book systematically examines the
features of processing speed in the various brain systems involved in
reading: visual-orthographic, auditory-phonological, and semantic and shows
how speed of processing affects fluency in reading.

Part III deals with the complex issues of cross-modal integration and
specifically with the need for effective synchronization of the brain
processes involved in reading. It puts forward the Synchronization
Hypothesis and discusses the role of the Asynchrony Phenomenon as a major
factor in dyslexia. Finally, it summarizes research on manipulating reading
rate by means of the Acceleration method, providing evidence for a possible
intervention aimed at reducing Asynchrony.

This book is appropriate for researchers and advanced students in reading,
dyslexia, learning disabilities, cognitive psychology, and neuropsychology.

Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics

Written In: English (eng )

See this book announcement on our website:
http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=18179


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Linguistic Assoc. of Finland http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/sky/
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