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Literacy Studies

Handbook of Literacy in Akshara Orthography

Editors: Joshi, R. Malatesha, McBride, Catherine (Eds.)

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  • Offers a systemic and coherent overview of recent research findings and orientation on akshara, an hitherto underexplored orthography
  • Contains contributions by well-known researchers
  • Covers languages spoken by approximately one third of the world’s population
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This volume examines the unique characteristics of akshara orthography and how they may affect literacy development and problems along with the implications for assessment and instruction. Even though akshara orthography is used by more than a billion people, there is an urgent need for a systematic attempt to bring the features, research findings, and future directions of akshara together in a coherent volume. We hope that this volume will bridge that gap. 

Akshara is used in several Indic languages, each calling it by a slightly different name, for example 'aksharamu', in Telugu, 'akshara' in Kannada, and 'akshar' in Hindi. It is the Bhrami-derived orthography used across much of the Indian subcontinent. There is a growing body of research on the psycholinguistic underpinnings of learning to read akshara, and the emerging perspective is that akshara, even though classified as alphasyllabaries, abugida, and semi-syllabic writing systems, is neither alphabetic nor syllabic. Rather, akshara orthography is unique and deserves to be a separate classification and needs further investigation relating to literacy acquisition in akshara. The chapters in this volume, written by leading authors in the field, will inform the reader of the current research on akshara in a coherent and systematic way.



Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)
  • Introduction: Handbook of Literacy in Akshara Orthography

    Pages 3-9

    Joshi, R. Malatesha (et al.)

  • Indic Scripts: History, Typology, Study

    Pages 11-42

    Daniels, Peter T.

  • What Is an Akshara?

    Pages 43-52

    Ramanujan, Keerthi (et al.)

  • Orthographic Knowledge, Reading and Spelling Development in Tamil: The First Three Years

    Pages 55-83

    Nag, Sonali (et al.)

  • Literacy Acquisition in the Malayalam Orthography: Cognitive/Linguistic Influences within a Multilingual Context

    Pages 85-101

    Nesan, Mimisha (et al.)

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-05977-4
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-05976-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Handbook of Literacy in Akshara Orthography
Editors
  • R. Malatesha Joshi
  • Catherine McBride
Series Title
Literacy Studies
Series Volume
17
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05977-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05977-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-05976-7
Series ISSN
2214-000X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 388
Number of Illustrations
1035 b/w illustrations
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