202997Re: written language for dyslexics
- May 5, 2014Yikes! It is going to be hard to design a system that is resilient
against so many possible permutations. Either symbol order or confusing
similar symbols would be trivial to fix. Fixing both is quite an
On 05/05/2014 06:35 AM, Soraya O wrote:
> Thanks for the recommendation, Raanan! That sounds like a great read, and
> I'm definitely intrigued to check it out.
> I can only speak from my own experience and hearsay, rather than one based
> in linguistics (I work at an elementary school in Taiwan, teaching ESL):
> I've noticed children with dyslexic tendencies (it's undiagnosed, so I
> can't say with certainty) have been swapping out the radicals, which can
> change the entire meaning of the word when they try to reproduce it in
> writing. In the case of more simple characters--where a number of
> radicals/symbols go into making one larger word--similar issues happen.
> They also can confuse the word order. They can also confuse the similar
> symbols, change the sequence of characters, change the stroke number to
> make it that of a different symbol and therefore a different word. I've
> noticed that such students also were said to have more difficulty with
> distinguishing tones in Mandarin.
> Again, take my observations with a grain of salt. It's nonetheless
> fascinating for me in trying to teach English phonics for them and
> occasionally seeing glimpses of their own native language issues.
> On 5 May 2014 03:24, Dreugan Annam <dreugan.annam@...> wrote:
>> I admit that I don't know much about dyslexia, so here are my questions:
>> In languages like mandarin, with one symbol per word, do they then confuse
>> word order? Is dyslexia always a confusion of order, or is it sometimes a
>> confusion of similar symbols?
-- Dreugan Annam
/dr"Ogan a*anam/, at least, if my transcription and pronunciation are correct.
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