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  • 14 Oct 2016
    David Olson

    Is written language an unrecognized language of thought?

    Implausible as it may seem, while all speakers of a language have knowledge of language, they often have little knowledge about language. Their knowledge of their spoken language, remains, as we say, implicit, unavailable to consciousness. A literate education is largely responsible for making that implicit knowledge explicit, something to think about. And that, the […]

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  • 5 Mar 2009

    Japanese literacy book sales spiking

    Why? Prime Minister Aso quite publicly bungled a televised reading test, confusing some characters that have, well, divergent meanings. From the AP via Yahoo News: ‘The Japanese leader bungled the word for “frequent,” calling Japan-China exchanges “cumbersome” instead. Another time, he misread the word “toshu” (follow), saying “fushu” — or stench — and sounded as […]

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