Tone Orthography and Literacy

The voice of evidence in ten Niger-Congo languages

Editors
| Independent scholar
| Dallas International University
HardboundForthcoming
ISBN 9789027208439 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
 
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ISBN 9789027260147 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
 
This book presents the results of a series of literacy experiments in ten Niger-Congo languages, representing four language families and spanning five countries. It asks the research question, "To what extent does full tone marking contribute to oral reading fluency, comprehension and writing accuracy, and does that contribution vary from language to language?". One of the main findings is that the ethno-literacy profile of the language community and the social profile of the individual are stronger predictors of reading and writing performance than are the linguistic and orthographic profiles of the language. Our data also suggest that full tone marking may be more beneficial for less educated readers and those with less experience of L1 literacy. The book will bring practical help to linguists and literacy specialists in Africa and beyond who are helping to develop orthographies for tone languages. It will also be of interest to cognitive psychologists exploring the reading process, and researchers investigating writing systems.
[Studies in Written Language and Literacy, 18]  Expected June 2021.  xx, 431 pp. + index
Publishing status: In production
Table of Contents
This is a provisional table of contents, and subject to changes.
Acknowledgements
About the authors
Abbreviations
Introduction
Chapter 1. Introduction
David Roberts, Johannes Merz and JeDene Reeder
Part 1. Tone orthography in ten Niger-Congo languages
Chapter 2. Tem
David Roberts, JeDene Reeder and Andy Weathers
Chapter 3. Nateni
David Roberts and JeDene Reeder
Chapter 4. Mbelime
David Roberts, Johannes Merz and JeDene Reeder
Chapter 5. Eastern Dan
David Roberts, JeDene Reeder and Valentin Vydrin
Chapter 6. Yoruba
Matthew Harley and JeDene Reeder
Chapter 7. Idaasha
David Roberts and JeDene Reeder
Chapter 8. Ife
David Roberts and JeDene Reeder
Chapter 9. Elip, Mmala and Yangben
David Roberts, Ginger Boyd and JeDene Reeder
Part 2. Tone orthography and literacy outcomes
Chapter 10. The tone orthography experiment design
David Roberts and Stephen L. Walter
Chapter 11. Tone orthography and oral reading speed
David Roberts and Stephen L. Walter
Chapter 12. Tone orthography and general oral reading accuracy
David Roberts and Stephen L. Walter
Chapter 13. Tone orthography and tonal oral reading accuracy
David Roberts and Stephen L. Walter
Chapter 14. Tone orthography and oral reading comprehension
David Roberts and Stephen L. Walter
Chapter 15. Tone orthography and tone writing accuracy
David Roberts and Stephen L. Walter
Epilogue
Chapter 16. Epilogue
David Roberts, JeDene Reeder and Stephen L. Walter
Appendix: Independent variables
Foreword
References
Subjects
BIC Subject: CFLA – Writing systems, alphabets
BISAC Subject: LAN021000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Spelling & Vocabulary
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2020051890