Scripts and Literacy

Reading and Learning to Read Alphabets, Syllabaries and Characters

  • Insup Taylor
  • David R. Olson

Part of the Neuropsychology and Cognition book series (NPCO, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. An Introduction to Reading the World’s Scripts

    1. Insup Taylor, David R. Olson
      Pages 1-15
  3. Optional and Optimal Scripts

  4. Reading Processes for Different Scripts

  5. Early Stage of Learning to Read

  6. Cognitive and Metalinguistic Implications of Learning to Read

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 375-389

About this book


Literacy is a concern of all nations of the world, whether they be classified as developed or undeveloped. A person must be able to read and write in order to function adequately in society, and reading and writing require a script. But what kinds of scripts are in use today, and how do they influence the acquisition, use and spread of literacy? Scripts and Literacy is the first book to systematically explore how the nature of a script affects how it is read and how one learns to read and write it. It reveals the similarities underlying the world's scripts and the features that distinguish how they are read.
Scholars from different parts of the world describe several different scripts, e.g. Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian Amerindian -- and how they are learned. Research data and theories are presented.
This book should be of primary interest to educators and researchers in reading and writing around the world.


English cognition first language second language

Editors and affiliations

  • Insup Taylor
    • 1
  • David R. Olson
    • 2
  1. 1.The McLuhan Program in Culture and TechnologyUniversity of TorontoCanada
  2. 2.The Ontario Institute for Studies in EducationCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4506-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-1162-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0927-0116
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