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Further, the uses of literacy are so pervasive and diverse, affecting every aspect of personal and social life for an increasingly large proportion of humankind, that the prospect of addressing it as a single topic almost certainly invites skepticism. Entire fields of study are devoted to special aspects or uses of literacy — for example, theories of literature, science, and law — not to mention those that specifically address mesopotamian cuneiform writing alphabet for preschoolers topics of learning to read and write.
What unites them — visual signs that represent linguistic forms — is such a small part of a social practice that they scarcely bear mention. Yet, attention to specific uses of literacy may lead us to overlook the more general questions of just how lit- eracy is used to regulate and inform social practices, sometimes so dramatically as to warrant the description of an entire society as literate.
Neither focus has a monopoly on significance and the chapters that constitute this Handbook attempt to provide some balance between the examination of basic principles of reading, writing, and literacy and the extraordinary diversity to which those principles have been exploited for various social and personal purposes, both historically and in the present.
Not only do such traditions have a history, they also compete for dominance — for example, between science and religion. In other cases, patterns of use and interpretation are so divergent that readers — unwilling to make the effort — judge them as unintelligible. Just because they are social practices does not mean that they are not, at the same time, uniquely personal.
A reader meditating and reading a prayer book is engaged in a social practice and yet may be doing it in a personal — indeed, idiosyncratic — way. The history of literacy is replete with examples of reading the same texts in widely divergent ways, ways that in some cases come to define a tradition and in other cases to be suppressed as heresy.
Yet, the fact that writing and reading have assumed both a prominent place and such diverse forms invites again the question of just what writing is: The general public, including those of us embedded in literate culture as well as those excluded from it, continues to place the highest value on literacy.
Indeed, education is not inappropriately thought of as the induction of the young into the dominant literate practices of the larger society.
Advocacy for literacy and literacy standards, like the concept of literacy itself, is ambiguous. Much of the debate in government policy over literacy plays on this ambiguity, offering literacy skills for the masses while reserving a liberal education for an advantaged elite.
In examining the rise of mass public education in Britain, historian Michael Clanchyp. Opponents of government policy were worried that schools might succeed in educating people to a point where there would be a surplus of scholars and critics who might undermine the social hierarchy.
Such fears were allayed by reformers emphasizing elementary practical literacy and numeracy the three Rs of reading, writing and arithmetic rather than a liberal education in the classical tradition, which remained as much the preserve of an elite of litterati [sic] in as it had been in This ambiguity continues in the ongoing debates about basic and higher levels of literacy.
Some progress has been made in closing this gap by showing that learning to read and write is not only the attainment of cognitive skills but also an introduction to important social or communicative practices, such as managing information for various intellectual purposes or entertaining and expressing oneself.
At the same time, schools continue to be faced with the complex task of balancing the needs of the individual learners with the needs of the society that mandates and supports the school. Just what this goal implicates remains subject to debate. Such varieties are produced in social contexts for special purposes and involve special conventions for their use — conventions that are mastered only through extended participation and practice.
The challenge is to identify the kinds of competence that are sufficiently general to allow access to this range of activities. To this end, the study of literacy has found its way into a number of human and social sciences as well as the cognitive and brain sciences. This enlarged scope necessarily draws a number of disciplines, including history, anthropology, linguistics, literature, sociology, and the neurosciences, into a field previously dominated by psychology, education, and international development.
The task is to explore the relationships among these lines of inquiry. Structure of the Handbook Five major transformations in our understanding of literacy have both helped if not to define, then at least to structure the field of literacy studies and provide a basis for the organization of this Handbook.
Literacy as a Scientific Subject The first transformation is the increasing recognition that literacy is not simply one empirical fact among others but rather, for better or worse, a fact that has permeated a xv host of social and intellectual practices from meditation to regulation.
Literacy and Language The second transformation is the deeper understanding that reading and writing are not simply skills to be acquired but rather components of a distinctive mode of communication with a complex relation to the primary mode of communication — namely, listening and speaking — as well as to other modes of expression and communication Olson, Exploring the ways that these two primary modes, the oral and the literate, are related — as discrete symbolic forms with distinctive communicative potentials, as instruments that serve distinctive social and intellectual functions, as forms of competence that recruit somewhat specialized brain processes — is the focus of Part II of the Handbook.
Daniels examines the evolution of the major writing systems of the world and shows how modern forms of writing may be traced back to three language systems in which a single sign could represent a monosyllabic word.
Roy Harris shows that the usual assumption that speech is available to consciousness and, hence, readily available for transcription is false; the search for unambiguously interpreted visual signs is what led to the discovery of the implicit properties of speech.
Stephen Chrisomalis provides historical evidence for the coevolution of written signs for language and signs for numbers, with written signs offering one solution to the problems faced by complex societies.
Douglas Biber examines an extensive corpus of oral and written texts xvi PREFACE to locate the dimensions of similarity as well as the unique properties and advantages of each mode.
Ruth Berman and Dorit Ravid show how the distinctive academic potentials of language result from the unique interaction between genre and the written mode; this potential is mastered only by relatively sophisticated writers.
Usha Goswami presents recent neuroscientific research showing that the brain processes critical to reading primarily center on phonological processing even when nonalphabetic scripts are involved.
Karl Magnus Petersson, Martin Ingvar, and Alexandra Reis introduce the new lines of cognitive neuroscience research that attempt to isolate the brain functions involved in language and literacy by showing that language is represented in the brain in somewhat different ways in literate as opposed to nonliterate adults.
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