Professor Kate Nation will deliver the D F McKenzie Lecture.
  • Date 7 February 2019
  • Location Lecture Theatre 2, English Faculty, St Cross Building, Oxford

Professor Kate NationWriting systems are cultural inventions that have evolved fairly recently, yet our capacity to read is rooted in our biology. Cognitive architectures developed for other purposes – speech and language, memory, perception – are hijacked during the course of reading acquisition, resulting in a reading system that is highly skilled and highly efficient.

This lecture will consider the challenges facing children as they first encounter print and follow their journey to expertise as written language itself begins to shape how they process and represent their worlds.

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