Issues Involved in Defining Phonological Awareness and Its Relation to Early Reading

Steven A. Stahl

The University of Georgia

Bruce Murray

Auburn University

The first exposure to the concept of phonological awareness for many educators and psychologists came from the publication of Language by Ear and by Eye, edited by James Kavanaugh and Ignatius Mattingly in 1972. In this volume, Mattingly, Harris Savin, and Donald Shankweiler and Isabelle Liberman discussed the relation between an awareness of phonological segments (then called linguistic awareness) and learning to read. Shankweiler and Liberman’s research drew from the work in speech perception ...

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