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Query Details

Query Subject:   Writing systems and linguistic analysis
Author:   Benedetta Bassetti
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  General Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Writing Systems

Query:   Dear Linguists,

I am a PhD student trying to complete her literature review, and I
would be extremely grateful for your help.

I am trying to put together a list of researchers who proposed that
the writing system/orthography affects
1) the metalinguistic awareness of the folk linguist; or
2) the linguistic analysis of the professional linguist; or
3) both.

The idea is that those linguistic units that are represented in the
writing system become the units of linguistic analysis for the
layperson and/or for the linguist. For instance, an alphabetic writing
system generates phonemic awareness in its readers and the concept of
phoneme in linguist theorizing. These never develop in readers of
syllabic writing systems and in their linguistic tradition.

I am already aware of the work of Aronoff, Bugarski, Derwing, Harris,
Householder, Linell, Olson, Scholes and Vachek. And here are my
1) Whom did I leave out?
2) Who criticized this view?
3) Who provided evidence against it?

I thank you in advance for any help and I promise I will post a

Best wishes of a happy new year!

Benedetta Bassetti

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Benedetta Bassetti
PhD student
University of Essex, UK
LL Issue: 14.92
Date posted: 10-Jan-2003


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