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By Liliana Tolchinsky (auth.), Liliana Tolchinsky (eds.)

ISBN-10: 0792370635

ISBN-13: 9780792370635

ISBN-10: 9401007349

ISBN-13: 9789401007344

Developmental views on Writing LILIANA TOLCHINSKY college of Barcelona, Spain the appearance of the sixties is taken into account an important second for the invention of writing as an item worthwhile of highbrow inquiry (Havelock, 1986). a couple of books, which got here out in that decade, set the level for this turn-to-writing. certainly one of them was once the Preface to Plato through Eric Havelock. This publication, released in 1963, used to be to turn into a milestone within the discovery of literacy as a box of analysis (Bockheimer, 1998). Havelock (1986) spoke of 3 extra works that got here out while, and Bockheimer steered including different guides; for instance los angeles pensee sau­ vage by means of Levi Strauss (1962); the results of literacy by way of Jack Goody and Ian Watt (1963) and l. a. geste et los angeles parole through Laroi -Gourham (1964/65). The authors of those books have been anthropologists, philosophers and sociologists who coincided in highlighting the importance of writing for human improvement and, extra in particular, for language improvement. They maintained that many insti­ tutions, principles, ideals, critiques and convictions of the Western international have been a via­ made of an 'alphabetized mind'. Writing used to be for them one of many pillars of subjec­ tivity, chargeable for the increase of cognizance, for our belief of phrases and for our suggestion of real and fake. Amazingly linguists, psycho linguists, psychologists and educators didn't perform the turn-to-writing. The firstl, didn't provide any atten- 1 there have been a few exceptions to this generalization.

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Children: 'Sky' [ 7( ]. Teacher: 'You are right, now, take your pointing finger and follow me. horizontal stroke horizontal stroke long slanting stroke to the left long slanting stroke to the right' ~ The children are then expected to follow the teacher, write in the air with their pointing fingers, and chant with the teacher three to four times. Throughout the preschool and early primary school years, children are also required to memorize new characters by laboriously copying the same character many, many times and practicing dictation in class.

To read and write Chinese require an ability to recognise more than 1,000 basic graphic units. Very few studies have looked into the perceptual learning process of these graphic units at the initial stage when young children are being introduced to the script. Two tasks were developed to tap children's understanding of graphic properties of written Chinese. In the name writing task, we investigated whether preschool children, aged 3-5, (1) would differentiate drawing from writing, (2) used a correspondence between character and syllable in their writing, (3) used multiple units within one character or across characters, and (4) respected some of the supra-segmented properties of written Chinese.

In contrast. 47% of the 3-yearolds accepted the triangle as writing. thus seeing it as more acceptable than the older children did (but still less acceptable than the single letters. for which the lowest level of acceptability was 73%). The 5-year-old children had both greater knowledge of the features of writing and more letter knowledge than the younger children. It is possible that this perceptual learning helps children identify instances of writing in their environment. thereby facilitating letter learning.

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