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Reading Acquisition in India
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Reading Acquisition in India
Models of Learning and Dyslexia

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June 2004 | 172 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
The sixth in the series on Research in Applied Linguistics, this is a ground-breaking study which presents a phonological analysis of Brahmi and its modern derivatives. It closely examines India’s ancient cultural-linguistic background, particularly the Vedic Culture of oral tradition, and relates this scholarship to current research and theory in linguistics, neurobehavioral sciences, and special education. The author also provides an empirical understanding of reading acquisition by children with a particular focus on those facing poverty, a toxic environment, and the deprivation associated with low caste status.

The book is a departure from current neuropsychological research which is limited to the middle-class dyslexic child. It argues the need for a multidisciplinary approach which takes into account the effects of poverty, socioeconomic deprivation and environmental toxicity on reading acquisition among children from deprived groups. Purushottam Patel discusses a number of important issues including:

- The linguistic context and principles underlying the Brahmi script.
- The reasons behind literacy emerging as a part of natural language development, especially in an oral culture.
- The cultural habits surrounding reading.
- The importance of the living environment to literacy development.
- The need for multidisciplinary research, with an emphasis on neurobehavioral teratology.
J P Das
Foreword J P Das
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
Writing Systems, Scripts and Orthographies
 
Ancient Indian Cultural-Linguistic Heritage
 
Some Linguistic Features of Brahmi Scripts
 
Emergence of Reading in Language Development
 
Cognitive-Linguistic-Neural Processing in Reading
 
Aksaras and Current Reading Acquisition Research
 
Studies: Language and School Systems
 
Children from Mainstream Groups
 
Children from Scheduled Groups Living in Outer Areas
 
Children from Scheduled Groups Living in and around Upper-Class Areas
 
Children from Scheduled Groups: Poor Readers or Dyslexics?
 
Conclusion
 
References and Select Bibliography
 
Index

The book is useful reading for anyone seeking information on issues like India’s ancient oral tradition, writing systems, and linguistic heritage. It also has much to offer to anyone interested in a contemporary review of reading, spelling and its neuropsychological explanations…. It is strongly recommended to those who would like to have an empirical view of reading acquisition in India.

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ISBN: 9780761932208
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