Previous research has shown that reading in Arabic is a slower process than reading in other languages, even among skilled native Arabic speakers. In addition, the process of reading acquisition by beginning readers is slower than in other languages. We present three possible sources of these phenomena from both a psycholinguistic and a neuropsychological perspective. We examine the effects of diglossia (the fact that children learn to read a language in which they are not fluent), and the visual characteristics of Arabic orthography on reading acquisition, and suggest that the particular combination of grapheme-phoneme relations and visual characteristics of Arabic orthography result in a specific reading strategy among skilled readers that involves the cerebral hemispheres differently in Arabic than in Hebrew or English.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Arabic literacy:|
|Subtitle of host publication||insights and perspectives |
|Editors||Elinor Saiegh-Haddad, R. Malatesha Joshi|
|Place of Publication||Heidelberg|
|Number of pages||17|
|State||Published - 4 Apr 2014|
|Name||Literacy studies |