Tone Orthography and Literacy

The voice of evidence in ten Niger-Congo languages

David Roberts | Independent scholar
Stephen L. Walter | Dallas International University
ISBN 9789027208439 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027260147 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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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] 2021.  xxii, 375 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“It is easy to see how this book will be of practical benefit to those wishing to develop tone orthographies for African languages, and in particular to those wanting to conduct robust experiments on the efÏcacy of these orthographies. The “voice of evidence”, as referred to in the book’s subtitle, is clearly heard throughout the book and I join the authors in hoping that this book will inspire and inform other researchers to contribute their own evidence in time.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFLA: Writing systems, alphabets

Main BISAC Subject

LAN021000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Spelling & Vocabulary
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ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2020051890 | Marc record