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LINGUIST List 18.1755

Fri Jun 08 2007

Books: Psycholing/Applied Ling/Lang Acq/Phonology: Bree

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        1.    Rianne Giethoorn, Dyslexia and Phonology: Bree

Message 1: Dyslexia and Phonology: Bree
Date: 05-Jun-2007
From: Rianne Giethoorn <lotlet.uu.nl>
Subject: Dyslexia and Phonology: Bree

Title: Dyslexia and Phonology
Subtitle: A study of the phonological abilities of Dutch children at-risk of dyslexia
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Published: 2007
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT

Author: Elise de Bree
Paperback: ISBN: Pages: 195 Price: Europe EURO 21.05

This thesis explores the phonological deficit of children with a familial
risk of dyslexia. This approach contributes to the identification of
possible linguistic precursors of dyslexia. The thesis is set within the
framework of the phonological deficit hypothesis of dyslexia. Through
assessment of performance of at-risk children on linguistically-based
measures, as well as measures of phonological processing and awareness,
this phonological deficit hypothesis can be tested and refined.

Secondly, a comparison is made between the phonological abilities of
children with a risk of dyslexia and children with specific language
impairment (SLI). Both disorders are characterised by language and reading
difficulties and it is investigated whether they are both caused by
(similar) underlying phonological difficulties. This comparison contributes
to the evaluation of hypotheses on the relationship between dyslexia and SLI.

It is shown that children at-risk of dyslexia display more difficulties
than normally developing children on tasks tapping into phonology. These
findings confirm the phonological deficit hypothesis. They further show
that a linguistically-informed approach leads to new insights.
Additionally, the at-risk and SLI children generally show difficulties on
the same tasks, but to a different extent and with different error
patterns, indicating that dyslexia and SLI are best treated as separate
disorders partly caused by a similar risk factor, i.e. poor phonology.

This dissertation is of relevance to researchers in the fields of
psycholinguistics, language acquisition, and reading-and language
disorders, as well as to clinicians working with dyslexic and/or
language-impaired children.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition

Written In: English (eng )

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