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How Insights into Child Language Change our Understanding of the Development of Written Language: The Unfolding Legacy of Carol Chomsky

Stephanie Gottwald and Maryanne Wolf

in Rich Languages From Poor Inputs

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199590339
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745041 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590339.003.0014
How Insights into Child Language Change our Understanding of the Development of Written Language: The Unfolding Legacy of Carol Chomsky

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This chapter begins with a brief review of some better-known aspects of Carol Chomsky's scholarly work. It then turns to a recent and less-known outgrowth of her legacy — a view of reading in which comprehensive linguistic knowledge is shown to be critical for both the diagnosis and intervention of reading disabilities. It describes a theoretical overview in which explicit instruction in multiple areas of linguistic development helps to propel children's acquisition of written language from decoding to fluent comprehension. It then presents an application of these principles in an innovative curriculum designed to help struggling readers develop their linguistic knowledge in areas ranging from phonology to syntax. Finally, it provides efficacy data showing the significant impact of these areas of knowledge on the acquisition of written language.

Keywords: written language; language acquisition; reading; linguistic knowledge; linguistic development; curriculum

Chapter.  4664 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics

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