Persian orthography and its relation to literacy.

Baluch, Bahman ORCID logoORCID: (2005) Persian orthography and its relation to literacy. In: Handbook of Orthography and literacy. Joshi, R. Malatesha and Aaron, P. G., eds. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, London. ISBN 0805846522. [Book Section]

Download (103kB) | Preview


Persian orthography, which is a modified version of the Arabic script, is used for transcribing the Persian
(Farsi) language, which is the major language spoken in Iran. Persian is also one of the two (Farsi and
Urdu) major languages spoken in Afghanistan, and the main language in Tajikestan, a former central Asian republic of the former Soviet Union. However, the Persian spoken in these countries and the script used to transcribe the spoken language, particularly in Tajikistan, have been influenced by local factors and borrowed words. The focus of this chapter is on the Persian spoken in the present-day Iran and its relationship with the orthography, henceforth referred to as Persian orthography. In particular, the emphasis is on how literacy acquisition by Persian beginner (and skilled) readers may be affected by peculiarities of Persian orthography. Arguably, very little systematic research has been conducted on cognitive processes involved in the reading of Persian. It is hoped that this article will stimulate such research. After presenting factors that influence literacy acquisition in Persian, we take up the question of whether there should be changes to Persian orthography.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Republished by Routledge in 2010. ISBN: 9780805846522.
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Language, Learning and Cognition group
Item ID: 7649
Notes on copyright: Copyright 2005 From Handbook of Orthography and literacy by Joshi, R. Malatesha and Aaron, P. G. Reproduced by permission of Taylor and Francis Group, LLC, a division of Informa plc.
Useful Links:
Depositing User: Bahman Baluch
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2011 10:34
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 02:18

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Activity Overview
6 month trend
6 month trend

Additional statistics are available via IRStats2.