Colloquium: Kevin Russell (U of Manitoba/McGill) – March 1

Speaker: Kevin Russell (U of Manitoba/McGill)

When: Friday, March 1 at 3:30 pm

Where: Education Building, room 433

Title: When phonology goes bad

AbstractThe consensus on dyslexia, to the extent there is one, is that the core deficit lies in the reader having poor phonological representations or poor ability to use their phonological representations. Yet most dyslexic readers show no obvious problems in using phonology during everyday speaking and listening.

This talk addresses the question of what it could possibly mean for a phonological representation to be poor. It synthesizes current findings in spoken word recognition and the development of phonological categories in infants and young children, to determine what the phonological representations of beginning readers are probably like and how, in some, they can be adequate for spoken communication but still be a poor match for the assumptions of an alphabetic orthography.

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