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Reading, Writing and Dyslexia (Classic Edition)

A Cognitive Analysis, 1st Edition

By Andrew W Ellis

Psychology Press

114 pages

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This is a classic edition of Andrew Ellis’ acclaimed introduction to the scientific study of reading, writing and dyslexia, which now includes a new introduction from the author. The book describes the remarkable skills of reading and writing – how we acquire them, how we exercise them as skilled readers and writers, and what can go wrong with them in childhood disorders or as a result of brain damage. The new introduction reflects on some key research developments since the book was first published.

Reading, Writing and Dyslexia is an engaging introduction to the field which is still completely relevant to today’s readers. It will remain essential reading for all students of psychology and education, whilst also being accessible to parents and teachers.


Andrew Ellis’s landmark text on reading, writing and dyslexia brought together in one volume what was known about skilled reading and how this was informing the study of both acquired and developmental dyslexia. He did all of this with superb clarity, making the book an accessible introduction to the theoretical frameworks which would guide subsequent research in the field of reading and its development. While understanding in some areas has moved on, this book remains one of the few to address not only reading but also the neglected skills of spelling and writing; and Ellis recognised long before others were espousing it, that developmental dyslexia is not a ‘diagnosis’ but a dimensional disorder with no clear cut-off from normal reading. - Maggie Snowling, University of Oxford, UK

Andy Ellis is one of my favourite textbook authors. Certainly for cognitive neuropsychology there are no better introductions. Ellis digests thousands of research papers and distils a coherent and correct story from them, which he describes in such simple terms that every student easily understands the subject matter. Rereading the book after 20 years shows just how spot on and advanced he was. This is still the most authoritative introduction to the ground-breaking neuropsychological findings that defined research on reading, writing, and their disorders. The ideal textbook to start with and to discuss the advances that have been made in past two decades. - Marc Brysbaert, Department of Experimental Psychology, Ghent University, Belgium

This is an excellent choice for the Classic Editions Series. Reading, Writing and Dyslexia is a superb introduction to basic concepts in the understanding of reading, spelling and their disorders, and provides a clear illustration of how powerful the cognitive neuropsychological approach can be. It is also rare to find coverage of both acquired and developmental disorders of reading and writing within one book. - Anne Castles, Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Australia

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Written Language 2. Skilled Word Recognition 3. Models of Word Recognition 4. The Acquired Dyslexias 5. Words in Combinations 6. Writing and Spelling 7. Learning to Read and Write 8.Developmental Disorders of Reading and Writing References Author Index Subject Index

About the Author

Andrew W. Ellis is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of York, UK. Reading, Writing and Dyslexia was the first title published by Psychology Press in 1984, and was followed by Human Cognitive Neuropsychology (with Andy Young) and The Psychology of Language and Communication (with Geoffrey Beattie). He was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology