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Writing Systems and Cognition : Perspectives from Psychology, Physiology, Linguistics, and Semiotics - W.C. Watt

Writing Systems and Cognition

Perspectives from Psychology, Physiology, Linguistics, and Semiotics

By: W.C. Watt (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st December 1993
ISBN: 9780792325925
Number Of Pages: 464

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In this distinguished collection the deeper cognitive aspects of writing systems are for the first time added to the perceptual and physiological dimensions and brought into a coherent whole. The result is a multifaceted understanding of alphabets and other scripts in which none of the major factors that shape those systems, and thus distinctively reveal attributes of the human mind, are slighted. The systems through which language is realized on the page are compared in nature and complexity with those through which language is realized as sound, and are seen in their true perspective. Long the object of intensive inquiry, the process of change in phonological systems is now joined to the evolution of graphological systems, and new light is cast on the nature of the relevant human cognitive processes in their diversity and underlying unity. The authors, each eminently qualified in his or her field, are drawn from Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Reading, Writing, and the Difference
Introductionp. 3
Orthography, Reading Disability, and Cerebral Organizationp. 11
Predicting Reading Ability from the "Invented" Spellings of Kindergarten Childrenp. 37
A Note on Teaching Writing to Rio Slum Childrenp. 59
Spelling as Culturep. 67
Writing-Systems
Introductionp. 89
Some Graphotactic Constraintsp. 115
Some Thoughts on a Historico-Genetic Theory of the Lettershapes of our Alphabetp. 129
Developmental Morphographemics IIp. 141
Determinacy Analysis and Contrastive Orthographyp. 183
Curves as Anglesp. 215
Empirical Methods for Evaluating Generative Semiotic Models: An Application to the Roman Majusculesp. 247
Hieratic is Beautiful: Ancient Egyptian Calligraphy Revisitedp. 293
Forerunners of Writing: The Social Implicationsp. 303
On the Interaction of Greek Orthography and Phonology: Consonant Clusters in the Syllabic Scriptsp. 311
The Scribal Tract
Introductionp. 337
Sensory and Motor Functions of the Handp. 347
Handwriting and the Writing Handp. 375
Authors' Affiliationsp. 461
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ISBN: 9780792325925
ISBN-10: 0792325923
Series: New Haven Studies in International Law and World Public Orde
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 31st December 1993
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.85

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