OT: Dyslexia (was Re: Announcement: New auxlang "Choton")
|From:||Ph. D. <phild@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, October 6, 2004, 0:14|
B. Garcia wrote:
> Pascal A. Kramm wrote:
> > There's a good amount of letters which look similar in
> > Latin and many other scripts, and apparently people
> > can deal with it appropriately.
> Yes, and they provide a problem for dyslexics too (who
> have to be taught how to get past their dyslexia.) However
> there are few scripts with characters that have the same
> form for the base "point of articulation" as yours does.
> The Latin script doesn't have the same form for p, b, m,
> w, nor for t, d, n, l, r. That's what i'm talking about.
Some time ago, over on the Shaw alphabet group, someone
claimed that adopting the Shaw alphabet for English would
reduce the number of dyslexic anglophones. I replied that I
didn't think that would be the case as the letters of the Shaw
alphabet have less distinctiveness among them than Latin.
The original poster replied that having English spelled
phonemically (in Shaw) would help dyslexics more than a lack
of distinctiveness. He pointed out that dyslexia is rarer among
native speakers of Hebrew (which has several letters which
look *very* similar) than among native speakers of English.
He offered no proof. As I know nothing more about dyslexia
than what I read in the mass media, I didn't challenge him.
But I remain skeptical. Anyone care to comment?