Literacy profile of children with language impairment: Evidence from an alphasyllabary

Tiwari, Shivani and Suresh, Kiran and Krishnan, Gopee (2021) Literacy profile of children with language impairment: Evidence from an alphasyllabary. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 73 (5). pp. 355-366. ISSN 1021-7762

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Background: Most of the evidence explaining the language-literacy link is derived from children learning to read and write alphabetic orthography. Aim: This study investigated the literacy deficits in children learning to read Kannada, a Dravidian language that employs an alphasyllabary. Methods: A group of 15 children with language impairment (CwLI) was compared with two groups of control (age- and language-matched) participants on a range of literacy measures. Results: The results showed that, compared to the age-matched group, the CwLI group performed significantly poorer on reading (words and nonwords) and written spelling tasks. However, the performance on akshara (the written symbol in the alphasyllabary) recognition task was comparable between groups. Similarly, comparison of the CwLI group with the language-matched control group revealed poorer performance in the former group on most literacy measures but not the akshara recognition task. Akshara recognition emerged as the most significant predictor of literacy performance in children learning to read and write the Kannada alphasyllabary. Detailed analyses of the written spelling errors unveiled several unique error types in the language-impaired group. Conclusion: The findings of our study revealed both orthography-independent and orthography-dependent deficits in the literacy skills of CwLI mastering the Kannada alphasyllabary.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Literacy; language impairment; alphasyllabary; akshara; kannada.
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Speech and Hearing
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2021 09:13
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2021 09:13

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