Literacy and Writing Systems  

The Literacy and Writing Systems Laboratory is founded on the idea that an understanding of writing system architecture is essential to any theory of literacy learning.  Although writing first and foremost represents language, written language is not simply a clone of spoken language, but an additional and unique dimension of language learning. Furthermore, because writing systems differ in fundamental ways, these differences have a profound influence on the course of learning to read and write, and more generally, on literacy learning.