Literacy Studies

Handbook of Arabic Literacy

Insights and Perspectives

Editors: Saiegh-Haddad, Elinor, Joshi, R. Malatesha (Eds.)

  • Brings together linguistics and the broader context of Arabic literacy development
  • Combines new findings from empirical research with insights from scientific surveys
  • Constructs a comprehensive account of literacy in Arabic
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About this book

This book provides a synopsis of recently published empirical research into the acquisition of reading and writing in Arabic. Its particular focus is on the interplay between the linguistic and orthographic structure of Arabic and the development of reading and writing/spelling. In addition, the book addresses the socio-cultural, political and educational milieu in which Arabic literacy is embedded. It enables readers to appreciate both the implications of empirical research to literacy enhancement and the challenges and limitations to the applicability of such insights in the Arabic language and literacy context. The book will advance the understanding of the full context of literacy acquisition in Arabic with the very many factors (religious, historical, linguistic etc.) that interact and will hence contribute to weakening the anglocentricity that dominates discussions of this topic.

About the authors

Elinor Saiegh-Haddad is a professor of Linguistics in the English Department of Bar-Ilan University, Israel and a consultant for the National Authority for Testing and Evaluation of the Israel Ministry of Education (RAMA) as well as the Centre for Educational Technology (CET). Her main research areas include the acquisition of reading and writing in bilingual children and in Arabic diglossia and the relationship between oral language skills and the acquisition of literacy. Prof. Saiegh-Haddad has published numerous articles on literacy acquisition in children and co-edited (with Esther Geva) a special issue of Reading & writing on the simultaneous acquisition of reading in two languages. She has also been active in curriculum reform and development in Israel in the field of literacy (Arabic as L1 and English as FL) at both the elementary and pre-school levels.

R. Malatesha Joshi, Ph.D., is Professor of Reading/Language Arts Education, ESL and Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University, where he teaches and conducts research in literacy development and literacy problems among monolinguals and bilinguals. Dr. Joshi is the founding Editor of Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, rated one of the top journals in education and educational research. A monograph series titled Literacy Studies: Perspectives from Cognitive Neurosciences, Linguistics, Psychology and Education is also under his editorship. Additionally he serves on the editorial boards of various scientific journals. He has published numerous books and scientific papers in high-impact journals and has presented scientific papers in professional meetings in many parts of the world and has received many awards. He has also served on the review panels for Institute of Educational Sciences as well as the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development.

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“The aim of the book is to explore literacy development in Arabic from several perspectives. … This volume is a helpful guide to researchers of not only Arabic literacy and Diglossia, but also of sociolinguistics, learning disorders, and especially education. It aspires to achieve a better understanding of the consequences of the diglossic nature of Arabic and find solutions to existing problems. … The language used is easy-to-follow, and relevant tables, diagrams, and charts are provided where needed.” (Kariema El Touny, The Linguist List, March, 2015)


Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • The Structure of Arabic Language and Orthography

    Saiegh-Haddad, Elinor (et al.)

    Pages 3-28

  • Is the Arabic Mental Lexicon Morpheme-Based or Stem-Based? Implications for Spoken and Written Word Recognition

    Boudelaa, Sami

    Pages 31-54

  • Word Recognition in Arabic: Approaching a Language-Specific Reading Model

    Funder Hansen, Gunna

    Pages 55-76

  • Why is it Hard to Read Arabic?

    Eviatar, Zohar (et al.)

    Pages 77-96

  • An Epidemiological Survey of Specific Reading and Spelling Disabilities in Arabic Speaking Children in Egypt

    Mohamed, Wessam (et al.)

    Pages 99-117

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8545-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8544-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 21, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0310-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Handbook of Arabic Literacy
Book Subtitle
Insights and Perspectives
Editors
  • Elinor Saiegh-Haddad
  • R. Malatesha Joshi
Series Title
Literacy Studies
Series Volume
9
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-8545-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-8545-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-8544-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0310-7
Series ISSN
2214-000X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 422
Number of Illustrations and Tables
134 b/w illustrations
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