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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 25 (2012), Issue 3, Pages 205-213

Acquired Dyslexia in a Transparent Orthography: An Analysis of Acquired Disorders of Reading in the Slovak Language

Marianna Hricová1 and Brendan Stuart Weekes2

1Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Munich, Germany
2University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Received 16 March 2012; Accepted 16 March 2012

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The first reports of phonological, surface and deep dyslexia come from orthographies containing quasi-regular mappings between orthography and phonology including English and French. Slovakian is a language with a relatively transparent orthography and hence a mostly regular script. The aim of this study was to investigate impaired oral reading in Slovakian. A novel diagnostic procedure was devised to determine whether disorders of Slovakian reading resemble characteristics in other languages. Slovakian speaking aphasics showed symptoms similar to phonological dyslexia and deep dyslexia in English and French, but there was no evidence of surface dyslexia. The findings are discussed in terms of the orthographic depth hypothesis.