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Reading Acquisition and Developmental Dyslexia

1st Edition

By Liliane Sprenger-Charolles, Pascale Colé, Willy Serniclaes

Psychology Press

256 pages

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Most studies on reading have been conducted with English-speaking subjects. It is crucial to also examine studies conducted in different languages, in order to highlight which aspects of reading acquisition and dyslexia appear to be language-specific, and which are universal.

Reading Acquisition and Developmental Dyslexia sheds new light on dyslexia and its relationship with reading acquisition, presenting two unique advancements in this area. Looking at studies conducted in different languages, the prerequisites of reading acquisition are examined, and the findings from studies of skilled adult readers are presented. The manifestations of developmental dyslexia and the main contemporary explanations for it are outlined, providing an in-depth, well researched discussion of the topic. The authors conclude by offering a new framework which could explain both reading acquisition and developmental dyslexia.

A fascinating book offering a unique insight into the topic of dyslexia, it will be of great interest to students and lecturers in cognitive psychology, educational psychology, and psycholinguistics, as well as those with a more everyday involvement with the disorder such as speech and language therapists.


"Offers exciting new insights and thought-provoking perspectives on well-established issues in dyslexia research for researchers and students alike. This book is a milestone in the last decade of publishing on dyslexia." - Leo Blomert, Professor, Neurocognition of Literacy & Numeracy, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands

"Reading Acquisition and Developmental Dyslexia is very well-written, current and comprehensive. It presents an excellent balance and tight coordination between theoretical issues and experimental research." - José Morais, Professor, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Table of Contents

Introduction. What Have We Learned from Studies with Skilled Adult Readers? Reading Acquisition in Deep and Shallow Orthographies. Reliability and Prevalence of Dyslexic Reading Deficits. Perceptual Explanations of Dyslexia. A Plausible Framework for Explaining Reading Acquisition and Developmental Dyslexia.

About the Authors

Liliane Sprenger-Charolles has worked at the CNRS (the French National Scientific Research Centre) as a Senior Research Scientist since 1990. Her main areas of research are reading/spelling acquisition, developmental dyslexia, and cross-linguistic studies. She is widely published and is a regular speaker at international conferences and workshops.

Pascale Colé has been Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Savoy since 2000. She is in charge of the professional masters program in child and adolescent psychology. Her research interests include normal and pathological aspects of reading development and adult skilled reading.

Willy Serniclaes has been a researcher at the CNRS since 2002, and was formerly Professor at the Brussels Free University (ULB). His work deals with the relationships between speech perception models and both oral and written language deficits. His current research is centred on the effect of deviant phonological development on the genesis of dyslexia as well as on the modelling of speech categorisation processes.

About the Series

Essays in Developmental Psychology

Essays in Developmental Psychology is designed to meet the need for rapid publication of brief volumes in developmental psychology.

The series defines developmental psychology in its broadest terms and covers such topics as social development, cognitive development, developmental neuropsychology and neuroscience, language development, learning difficulties, developmental psychopathology and applied issues.

Each volume in the series makes a conceptual contribution to the topic by reviewing and synthesizing the existing research literature, by advancing theory in the area, or by some combination of these missions.

Authors in this series provide an overview of their own highly successful research program, but they also include an assessment of current knowledge and identification of possible future trends in research.

Each book is a self-contained unit supplying the advanced reader with a coherent review of important research as well as its context, theoretical grounding and implications.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General