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date: 10 August 2020

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Written language is unlike other language components, in that reading and spelling are evolutionarily recent skills (i.e. human inventions that entered our repertoire only a few thousand years ago and have become widespread in the global population only in the past 100 years). Whereas reading has received considerable interest in psycholinguistics, written language production has been the “neglected” language modality, even though in this age of written electronic communication via email, texting, messaging, and so on, increasing numbers of people are processing written language as much or more than spoken language. In this chapter, we review some of the central issues in the psycholinguistics of single word written language production with the goal of providing the reader with an understanding of the cognitive and neural bases of this vital component of our language expertise.

Keywords: writing, spelling, language production, orthography, dysgraphia

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