Berg, Kristian (2016) Graphemic analysis and the spoken language bias. Frontiers in psychology, 7:388. ISSN 1664-1078

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In the history of linguistics, the investigation of written language got off on the wrong foot. For a long time, writing was regarded as a secondary medium, its raison d'être being the recording of spoken language. Spoken language in turn was regarded as the primary object of linguistic investigation. Consequently, there was no interest in an unbiased analysis of writing; if writing was analyzed at all, it was seen through the eyes of phonology. It took decades for things to improve, but written language was eventually accepted as a linguistic object in its own right. Yet the old spoken-language-bias is still influential, for example in the call for papers to this research topic. It is (as mostly nowadays) stated implicitly, which makes it harder to tackle. The topic editors state the importance of prosody for spoken language and the lack of its explicit marking in written language. On this basis they suggest that 'the informativeness of written text may seem astonishing.' This line of reasoning could be called the phonocentric fallacy: What is important in spoken language must be important in written language; moreover, there cannot be independent structures and relations in writing mediating between graphemic form and meaning, i.e., bypassing the phonological route.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publiziert mit Hilfe des DFG-geförderten Open Access-Publikationsfonds der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.
Uncontrolled Keywords: graphemic analysis, spoken language, correspondences, writing system, phonocentrism
Subjects: Language
Divisions: School of Linguistics and Cultural Studies > Department of German Studies
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 09:47
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 12:53
URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:715-oops-30172
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00388

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