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Biliteracy across Scripts: Implications for Language Development in Southeast Asia

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Title:Biliteracy across Scripts: Implications for Language Development in Southeast Asia
Authors:Page, Christina
Keywords:Language Development
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Date Issued:01 Jun 2017
Abstract:Many minority language communities in Southeast Asia use the segment-based Latin alphabet. In order to provide ease of literacy acquisition, national governments may encourage or require the use of the partially segmental, partially syllable-oriented Brahmi-based national syllabet in minority literacy development. Evidence from research on biliteracy in other languages and scripts suggests that alphabetic reading skills provide a strong foundation for learning to read a syllabet once a threshold of linguistic competency has been reached. Use of the mother tongue for early literacy also supports successful learning through strong home-school relationships. This study suggests that secondary orthographies based on national or dominant scripts for school-based literacy may not support and possibly even inhibit literacy acquisition due to motivational sociolinguistic factors. Research to confirm these findings specifically in the Southeast Asian context is still needed.
Pages/Duration:9 pages
Appears in Collections: A. Research Papers (Peer-Reviewed)

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