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Journal Title: Written Language and Literacy
Volume/Issue:   16/2
Date: 2013
Table of Contents: 2013. iii, 173 pp.

Table of Contents

Articles

Brand names and unconventional spelling: A two-pronged analysis of the orthographic construction of brand identity
Andrew D. Wong 115 – 145

PolyOrth: Orthography, phonology and morphology in inheritance lexicons
Lynne Cahill, Carole Tiberius and Jon Herring 146 – 185

Effects of the Content and Language Integrated Learning approach to EFL teaching: A comparative study
Jose Goris, Eddie Denessen and Ludo Verhoeven 186 – 207

Development of reading comprehension from middle childhood to adolescence: Distributional and qualitative analyses of two genres
Dafna Kaplan 208 – 240

The influences of gender, reading ability, independent reading, and context on reading attitude: A multilevel analysis of Hong Kong data from PIRLS
Shek Kam Tse, Xiao-yun Xiao and Wai-yip Lam 241 – 271

Book reviews

Mark Sebba, Shahrzad Mahootian and Carla Jonsson (eds.). Language Mixing and Code-Switching in Writing. Approaches to Mixed-Language Written Discourse
Reviewed by Katja Wermbter 273 – 278

Roger Beard, Debra Myhill, Jeni Riley and Martin Nystrand (eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Writing Development
Reviewed by Rachel Schiff 279 – 280

Kate Pahl and Jennifer Rowsell (eds,), Early childhood literacy
Reviewed by Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer 281 – 284

Katja Siekmann. Der Zusammenhang von Lesen und (Recht-)Schreiben
Reviewed by Martin Neef 285 – 287
Publisher: John Benjamins
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Computational Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistics
Writing Systems
Subject Language(s): Dutch
English
German
Hebrew
 
LL Issue: 24.3761