What these studies tell us is that phoneme sensitivity is important to unlocking alphabetic writing
systems and the tasks of phoneme isolation, blending and segmenting are most likely to impact reading success.
Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate the sounds in words, a fundamental skill essential to learning to read in an alphabetic writing
Brokaw explains that because the Spaniards came from a society that used alphabetic writing
to communicate, they found it hard to recognize a series of knots and strings as an important form of communication.
Research on young learners from a variety of languages that use alphabetic writing
systems indicate that (l) PA is a critical component of alphabetic reading, (2) learners with PA deficits often experience difficulty in learning to read, and (3) explicit PA instruction, or training, leads to gains in decoding and spelling (Adams, 1990; Ball & Blachman.
1550-1650) saw the borrowing of a multitude of Spanish nouns, the spread of alphabetic writing
in Mixtec, and increasingly noticeable change in native naming practices (the adoption of Spanish forms); and the later colonial period saw native language patterns themselves changing, but the wide survival of Mixtec use in the region.
Alessandro Carrera comments on Sini's position: 'As tragedy was born from the spirit of music (from the non-linear Dionysian experience), so philosophy was born from the spirit of alphabetic writing
, from Plato's desire to write down the unwritten appearance of Socrates' (p.
But can we go along with Rajan in suggesting that Hegel's well-known assumed preference for the romantic art of his own time--Christian, European and depending upon alphabetic writing
, as well as being almost at the desired "end" of history--masks a "powerful attraction to the symbolic as the abjected form of the romantic"?
Embedded in this view of the primitiveness of pictographs is the Eurocentric belief that it was only with the development of alphabetic writing
that the Greeks were able to develop philosophy, the concept of law, and the concept of justice; purportedly, this was because once written, previously spoken ephemeral thoughts now registered and fixed on paper, and distanced from the immediacy of their context of occurrence, could become the object of sophisticated contemplation.
Gelb's classic work, A Study of Writing (1963), adds a developmental theory of writing that suggests a natural progression from logographic to phonetic writing, and from syllabic to alphabetic writing
Consider Eric Havelock's contention in Preface to Plato (1963) and in the somewhat less familiar Origins of Western Literacy (1976) that the appearance of alphabetic writing
corresponds to a revolution in thinking.
The ability to manipulate speech sounds depends on knowing alphabetic writing
Following Sini's remarks on the Greek phonetic alphabet as the true "site" where the fundamental words of metaphysics (truth, judgment, logos, Being) acquire their meaning, Carrera sees the foundation of the "myth of the instant" in the close ties between alphabetic writing
and the Western concept of time as a string of moments (p.
Common to them all is an effort to reconfigure the material and conceptual reality of poetry, "confronting the verbal with the non-verbal, the symbol with the icon, time with space, alphabetic writing
with the ideogram, the dressing with words of ideas and feelings with the nakedness of the stuff language is made of" (E.
Nathalie Dauvols' Mnemosyne: Ronsard, une poetique de la memoire (Paris: Champion, 1992) starts with the proposition that, just as the spread of alphabetic writing
gave birth to the poetic consciousness of the Greeks, so too was poetic consciousness transformed by the spread of printing in the sixteenth century.
Professor Giesecke stresses, however, a technological continuity between the two media, even in his terminology: he sees alphabetic writing
in terms of a computer memory from which data can be retrieved, he talks of typographical data-processing and software, he sees the process of printing as running from written input to printed output, and a printed book is commonly referred to as a print-out.