Early Literacy Development in Speakers of African American English A combination of factors assists children as they acquire the skills necessary for written communication. The most often cited precursors to literacy include phonological awareness skills and orthographic knowledge. Though findings vary, there definitely exists a relationship between children’s ability to manipulate phonemes, their familiarity with the English orthography, ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2003
Early Literacy Development in Speakers of African American English
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  • Iris A. Johnson
    Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
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Development / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / School-Based Settings / Normal Language Processing / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   April 01, 2003
Early Literacy Development in Speakers of African American English
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, April 2003, Vol. 4, 34-37. doi:10.1044/sbi4.1.34
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, April 2003, Vol. 4, 34-37. doi:10.1044/sbi4.1.34
A combination of factors assists children as they acquire the skills necessary for written communication. The most often cited precursors to literacy include phonological awareness skills and orthographic knowledge. Though findings vary, there definitely exists a relationship between children’s ability to manipulate phonemes, their familiarity with the English orthography, and their written language skills.
Two less-often-cited precursors to literacy include literacy in the home environment and the oral communication skills of the child. There is an intricate relationship between attainment of written language awareness, literacy within the home environment, and oral language skills. The nature of this relationship, however, remains unknown.
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