Second Language Writing Systems looks at how people learn and use a second language writing system, arguing that they are affected by characteristics of the first and second writing systems, to a certain extent independently of the languages involved. This book presents for the first time the effects of writing systems on language reading and writing and on language awareness, and provides a new platform for discussing bilingualism, biliteracy and writing systems.
The approach is interdisciplinary, with contributions not only from applied linguists and psychologists but also corpus linguists, educators and phoneticians. A variety of topics are covered, from handwriting to spelling, word recognition to the mental lexicon, and language textbooks to metalinguistic awareness. Though most of the studies concern adult L2 learners and users, other populations covered include minority children, immersion students and bilingual children. While the emphasis is on English as the L2 writing system, many other writing systems are analysed as L1 or L2: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Gujarati, Indonesian, Irish, Italian and Japanese. Approaches that are represented include contrastive analysis, transfer, poststructuralism, connectionism and corpus analysis. The readership is SLA and bilingualism researchers, students and teachers around the world; language teachers will also find much food for thought.
Vivian Cook is Professor in Applied Linguistics at the University of Newcastle, previously having taught in London and Essex. After writing EFL course-books, he concentrated on linguistics and language learning in books such as Chomsky's Universal Grammar and Second Language Learning and Language Teaching, and developed the concept of multi-competence through books such as Portraits of the L2 User. He was founding President of the European Second Language Association (EUROSLA) . He has been exploring the English writing system through articles and books such as The English Writing System and Accomodating Brocolli in the Cemetary. Benedetta Bassetti holds a PhD from the University of Essex, where she wrote her thesis on Chinese as a Second Language Writing System. She previously has studied oriental languages and applied linguistics in Rome and London. She has presented her research at various international conferences.
11. An introduction to researching Second Language Writing Systems Vivian Cook & Benedetta Bassetti. Part 1 Writing a Second Language Writing System; 2. L2 Japanese Kanji memory and retrieval N. Chikamatsu (de Paul University, USA); 3. The role of the phonological strategy in learning to spell in English as a second language A. van Berkel (Free University, Amsterdam); 4. Orthographic knowledge and first language reading M. Randall (British University, Dubai); 5. Learner corpora and handwriting H. Somers (UMIST, Manchester); 6. A corpus-based study of spelling errors of Japanese EFL writers with reference to errors occurring in word-initial and word-final positions T. Okada ((Tohoku University, Japan); 7. Spelling and pronunciation in migrant children S. Schmid (University of Zurich). Part 2 Reading a Second Language Writing System: 8. Are the L1 and L2 word reading processes affected more by writing system or instruction? P. Scholfield & G. S.-M. Chwo (University of Essex); 9. Effects of second language reading proficiency and first language orthography on second language word recognition N. Akamatsu (Doshisha University); 10. Bilingual Interactive Activation Models of word recognition in a second language W. Van Heuven (University of Nijmegen); 11. The effect of L1 reading processes on L2 M. Sasaki (Ibaraki University, Japan). Part 3 Awareness of language and Second Language Writing Systems: 12. Learning to read across writing systems K. Koda (Carnegie Mellon University, USA); 13. Effects of writing systems on second language awareness: Word awareness in English learners of Chinese as a Foreign Language B. Bassetti; 14. Phonological awareness and spelling skill development in bilingual biscriptal children L.Lau & S. Rickard Liow (National University of Singapore. Part 4 Teaching a Second Language Writing System: 15. Different and differing views on conceptualising writing system research and education T. DuFresne & D. Masny (University of Ottawa); 16. Second language writing systems: Minority languages and reluctant readers T. Hickey (University College Dublin); 17. Written language and foreign language teaching V. Cook.