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Tesi etd-08092017-160818


Thesis type
Tesi di laurea magistrale
Author
FOIS, CHIARA MARIA
URN
etd-08092017-160818
Title
Iconicity and dyslexia: theoretical issues and pedagogical implications
Struttura
FILOLOGIA, LETTERATURA E LINGUISTICA
Corso di studi
LINGUISTICA E TRADUZIONE
Commissione
relatore Prof.ssa Bertuccelli Papi, Marcella
Parole chiave
  • Iconity
  • dyslexia
  • sound symbolism
  • EFL
  • phonology
Data inizio appello
25/09/2017;
Consultabilità
parziale
Data di rilascio
25/09/2020
Riassunto analitico
The present dissertation involves several branches of modern linguistics: iconicity, intended in its every facet, dyslexia, Specific Learning Disorders (SpLDs), and second language teaching. Of all the iconic properties, we favour those that involve language mostly at a phonological level, so that we may analyse their relationship with phonological deficits. We advance the hypothesis that iconicity constitutes a secondary access to phonological properties in case the primary one is impaired, as is the case with dyslexia. Thus, iconicity and sound symbolism represent a possible compensatory tool in second language learning – which, especially in the case of EnglishL2, constitutes a substantial difficulty for SpLD students. The present project aims to investigate this relationship and its possible exploitations in pedagogical, theoretical and methodological terms, and to create and test a teaching strategy involving iconic (or, more specifically, sound symbolic) instances of language. Furthermore, we present an experimental protocol on the effects of iconicity on University students with dyslexia.
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