The Psychology of Reading

The Psychology of Reading

1st Edition - January 28, 1983

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  • Authors: Insup Taylor, M. Martin Taylor
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483261256

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The Psychology of Reading provides a fair and coherent overall picture of how reading is done and how it is best taught. It aims to relate reading to writing systems, analyze the process of reading from several viewpoints using research from diverse disciplines, and develop a model of reading to explain reading processes all the way from letter recognition to reading whole texts. The book describes how children learn to read in different scripts, by different methods, and at different ages. It discusses different components of reading—eye movements, letter and word recognition, sentence and prose reading, and so on, in beginning readers, in skilled or unskilled readers, as well as dyslexic readers. Brain-damaged patients with selective impairment of different components provide a ""natural laboratory"" to compare reading processes within one script as well as across different scripts. The more types of readers, scripts, and components examined, the better the picture of reading processes drawn. This book is a text for college students as well as a reference book for professionals in psychology, education, linguistics, and other related fields.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    1 Introduction

    Written and Spoken Language

    Linguistics in a Great Hurry

    Memory and Reading

    Cortical Function and Reading

    Why Three Parts and Sixteen Chapters?

    I Writing Systems

    2 Development of Writing Systems

    Precursors of Writing

    The Variety of Writing Systems

    Summary and Conclusions

    3 Logography: Chinese Characters

    Characteristics of Chinese Characters

    Learning Characters

    Processing Characters

    Summary and Conclusions

    4 Logography and Syllabary: Japanese

    Writing System: Kanji and Kana

    Learning to Read in Japanese

    Reading in Japanese

    Summary and Conclusions

    5 Alphabetic Syllabary: Korean Hangul

    Hangul Alphabetic Syllabary

    Reading in Hangul and Kanji

    Summary and Conclusions

    6 English Alphabet and Orthography

    English Alphabet and Spelling

    Recovering Sounds from Orthography

    Phonological Rules and Orthography

    Reforming English Orthography

    Summary and Conclusions


    Writing Systems and Reading Processes

    Writing Systems Compared

    Reading Processes and Learning to Read

    II Reading Processes

    7 Eye Movements in Reading

    Types of Eye Movement

    Integrating Information between Parafovea and Fovea

    Individual Differences in Eye Movements

    Linguistic Factors Influence Eye Movements

    Summary and Conclusions

    8 Reading Unit, Constraint, and Context

    Units of Reading

    Sequential Constraint

    Words in Context

    Summary and Conclusions

    9 Letter and Word Recognition

    Isolated Letters

    Letters and Lines in Context

    Word Recognition

    Summary and Conclusions

    10 Phonetic and Visual Coding

    Inner Speech and Subvocalization

    Phonetic Coding

    Summary and Conclusions

    11 The Bilateral Cooperative Model of Reading

    Introduction to the Bilateral Cooperative Model

    Brain Function and Malfunction

    Recognizing Words

    Words in Context: Mainly RIGHT Processes

    Syntax and Metaphor

    Summary and Conclusions

    12 Reading and Writing Sentences

    Reading Clauses and Sentences

    Knowledge and Sentence Processing

    Writing Sentences

    Summary and Conclusions

    13 Prose: Narrative and Expository

    Narrative Prose

    Expository Prose

    Summary and Conclusions

    III Learning to Read

    14 Early Readers and Reading Readiness

    Preschoolers Can Learn to Read

    Levels of Reading to be Attained

    Perceptual, Cognitive, and Linguistic Readiness

    Language Development and Reading

    Summary and Conclusions

    15 Reading Instruction at School

    Teaching Methods

    Teaching Materials

    Development of Reading Skills

    Summary and Conclusions

    16 Developmental Dyslexia

    Identifying Developmental Dyslexics

    Perceptual and Memory Deficiencies

    Decoding and Comprehension Deficits

    Neurological and Constitutional Factors

    Summary and Conclusions


    Appendix: Some Acronyms Used in this Book


    Name Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 528
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1983
  • Published: January 28, 1983
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483261256

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Insup Taylor

M. Martin Taylor

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