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Linguistics and Literacy

  • Wiliam Frawley

Part of the Topics in Language and Linguistics book series (TLLI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. William Frawley
      Pages 1-3
  3. Linguistics and Writing

  4. Computers and Literacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Raoul N. Smith
      Pages 189-208
    3. Carolyn Marvin, Mark Winther
      Pages 209-237
  5. Linguistics and Reading

About this book


William Frawley University of Delaware Several years ago, I performed a kind of perverse experiment. I showed, to several linguistic colleagues, the following comment made by Walker Percy (in The Message in the Bottle): language is too important a problem to be left only to linguists. The linguists' responses were peculiarly predictable: "What does Percy know? He's a mercenary outsider, a novelist, a psychiatrist! How can he say something like that?" Now, it should be known that the linguists who said such things in response were ardent followers of the linguistic vogue: to cross disciplines at whim for the sake of explanation---any explanation. It was odd, to say the least: Percy was damned by the very people who agreed with him! Fortunately, the papers in this book, though radically interdisciplinary, do not fall prey to the kind of hypocrisy described above. The papers (from the Third Delaware Symposium on Language Studies) address the question of literacy---a linguistic problem too important to be left only to linguists--but many of the authors are not linguists at all, and those who are linguists have taken the care to see beyond the parochialism of a single discipline. The subsequent papers have been written by psychologists, linguists, anthropologists, computer scientists, and language teachers to explain the problem of how humans develop, comprehend, and produce extended pieces of informa­ tion (discourses and texts).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Wiliam Frawley
    • 1
  1. 1.University of DelawareNewarkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Linguistics and Literacy
  • Editors William Frawley
  • Series Title Topics in Language and Linguistics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-41174-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4615-9304-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4615-9302-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 496
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Literacy
    Linguistic Anthropology
    Language Education
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