Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can't, and What Can Be Done About It

Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can't, and What Can Be Done About It

by Mark Seidenberg


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"An important and alarming new book." — New York Times

The way we teach reading is not working, and it cannot continue. We have largely abandoned phones-based reading instruction, despite research that supports its importance for word recognition. Rather than treating Black English as a valid dialect and recognizing that speaking one dialect can impact the ability to learn to read in another, teachers simply dismiss it as "incorrect English." And while we press children to develop large vocabularies because we think being a good reader means knowing more words, studies have found that a large vocabulary is only an indication of better pattern recognition.

Understanding the science of reading is more important than ever—for us, and for our children. Seidenberg helps us do so by drawing on cutting-edge research in machine learning, linguistics, and early childhood development. Language at the Speed of Sight offers an erudite and scathing examination of this most human of activities, and concrete proposals for how our society can produce better readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541617155
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 87,862
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mark Seidenberg is the Vilas Research Professor and Donald O. Hebb Professor in the department of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a cognitive neuroscientist who has studied language, reading, and dyslexia for over three decades. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

Reading, Writing, and Speech

Chapter 1 The Problem and the Paradox 3

Chapter 2 Visible Language 15

Chapter 3 Writing: Its All Mesopotamian Cuneiform to Me 31

How We Read

Chapter 4 The Eyes Have It 59

Chapter 5 F u cn rd ths, u cn gt a gd jb n rdng rsch 85

Chapter 6 Becoming a Reader 101

Chapter 7 Reading: The Eternal Triangle 123

Chapter 8 Dyslexia and Its Discontents 149

Chapter 9 Brain Bases of Reading 187

The Educational Challenges

Chapter 10 How Well Does America Read? 217

Chapter 11 The Two Cultures of Science and Education 247

Chapter 12 Reading the Future 283

Acknowledgments 305

Notes 309

References 343

Index 363

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