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CHAT: R: chat: dyslexia

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Friday, March 30, 2001, 5:47
Yoon Ha wrote:

> This isn't exactly on-topic, but a friend asked this question and *I* > don't know the answer, but I thought a group of conlangers wouldn't be a > bad place to ask.... > > *Somewhere* I read (and my friend did, too) that people actually read > logographic systems like Chinese somewhat faster because the translation > goes directly from shapes to word-in-head, rather than shapes to sounds > to word-in-head. It might have been the yingzi article on Rosenfelder's > but I'm not finding the reference and I won't swear to it. > > Recently in Time or Scientific American or something I also read that > dyslexia is far less common in places where people have a writing system > that is "simpler" (in terms of phonology/phonetics, I suppose that > meant), e.g. the rate of dyslexia is apparently a lot lower in Italy than > in the U.S. (or some sample of English-speaking nations).
That was Scientific American, I think. Someone hinted it also on Aleppe (the Italian conlangers' list). It was published also on 'Scienze', the Italian edition of Scientific American. As for the dyslexia rate, my mum, a teacher at a comprehensive school - junior high school, says that it's costantly growing - but this, I think, is due to the fact that teachers in the elementary school are unfortunately getting costantly more and more incompetent... Luca


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