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Precursors of Functional Literacy

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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.
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Overview

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.
The volume consists of three subsequent parts. The first part goes into phonological precursors of literacy development. In this part the focus is on the development of early language precursors of of reading and writing. The cultural foundations of these precursors are explored, and their links with reading development are dealt with in detail. Different psycholinguistic approaches are also proposed to explain the occurrence of literacy problems. In the second part, the scope is on the constraints of reading and writing efficiency at the word level and beyond. The acquisition of reading and writing is seen as a result from the interaction between phonological, orthographic, and semantic processes. A crosslinguistic perspective is taken on the role of writing system factors in the acquisition of literacy skills. The final part deals with the role of social and educational factors in literacy acquisition. Starting from a crosscultural perspective, the central issue is how the attainment of functional literacy is dependent on sociocultural variation. The predictors of more advanced levels of literacy development are considered, including foreign language literacy and adult literacy.
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Introduction
Functional literacy in a developmental perspective 3
Pt. 1 Roots of phonological awareness
The quality of phonological representations and phonological awareness: A causal link? 17
Precursors of phonemic awareness 33
The role of orthographic onset-rime units in Dutch beginning readers 49
Manifestations of phonological deficits in dyslexia 69
Metaphonological awareness in monolingual and bilingual kindergartners 89
Does speech manipulation make work discrimination easier? 109
Pt. 2 Factors in reading and writing efficiency
The acquisition of untaught orthographic regularities in French 121
Subsyllabic units in reading: A difference between Korean and English 139
Orthography, phonology and semantics: Concerted action in word perception 165
The lexical quality hypothesis 189
Relationships between reading and writing skills in the intermediate grades 215
Task-related factors in reading efficiency of dyslexic children 229
Pt. 3 Attaining functional literacy
Parental and teacher commitment to emergent literacy development 249
Sociocultural differences in reading skills, reading motivation, and reading strategies 265
Bilingualism and reading 287
Age and gender differences in reading engagement 303
Promoting at-risk pupils' foreign language literacy learning 317
Predictors of adult functional reading skills 339
Subject index 357
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