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Title: Precursors of Functional Literacy
Edited By: Ludo Verhoeven
Carsten Elbro
Pieter Reitsma
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SWLL_11
Series Title: Studies in Written Language and Literacy 11

The purpose of this volume is to present recent research in the field of the acquisition of functional literacy and its precursors. The volume aims to capture the state of the art in this rapidly expanding field. An attempt is made to clarify the vague and often inconsistent definitions of functional literacy from the perspective of development. Cognitive, linguistic, educational, and social factors of literacy development are all taken into account.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Functional literacy in a developmental perspective
Ludo Verhoeven, Carsten Elbro and Pieter Reitsma 3
Part 1: Roots of phonological awareness 17
The quality of phonological representations and phonological awareness: A causal link?
Carsten Elbro and Bolette R. Pallesen 17
Precursors of phonemic awareness
Pieter Reitsma 33
The role of orthographic onset-rime units in Dutch beginning readers
Astrid Geudens and Dominiek Sandra 49
Manifestations of phonological deficits in dyslexia
Vera C.S. Messbauer, Peter F. de Jong and Aryan van der Leij 69
Metaphonological awareness in monolingual and bilingual kindergartners
Vincent Goetry, Régine Kolinsky and Philippe Mousty 89
Does speech manipulation make word discrimination easier?
Eliane Segers and Ludo Verhoeven 109
Part 2: Factors in reading and writing efficiency 121
The acquisition of untaught orthographic regularities in French
Sébastien Pacton, Michel Fayol and Pierre Perruchet 121
Subsyllabic units in reading: A difference between Korean and English
Hye Kyung Yoon, Donald J. Bolger, Oh-Seek Kwon and Charles A. Perfetti 139
Orthography, phonology and semantics: Concerted action in word perception
Anna M.T. Bosman and Janet G. van Hell
The lexical quality hypothesis
Charles A. Perfetti and Lesley Hart 189
Relationships between reading and writing skills in the intermediate grades
Hanna S. Mäki, Marinus J.M. Voeten, Marja M.S. Vauras and Pekka Niemi 215
Task-related factors in reading efficiency of dyslexic children
Aryan van der Leij, Victor van Daal and Peter F. de Jong 229
Part 3: Attaining functional literacy 249
Parental and teacher commitment in emergent literacy development
Judith Stoep, Joep Bakker and Ludo Verhoeven 249
Sociocultural differences in reading skills, reading motivation, and reading strategies
Willy Elsäcker and Ludo Verhoeven 265
Bilingualism and reading
Linda S. Siegel 287
Age and gender differences in reading engagement
Liliane Kjellman 303
Promoting at-risk pupils’ foreign language literacy learning
Mia Dufva and Marja M.S. Vauras 317
Predictors of adult functional reading skills
Elisabeth Arnbak 339

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Writing Systems
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588112284
ISBN-13: 9781588112286
Pages: viii, 360 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 162
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027218064
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: viii, 360 pp.
Prices: EUR 117.00