Letter-position encoding and dyslexia

Carol Whitney, Piers Cornelissen

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This article focuses on applying the SERIOL model of orthographic processing to dyslexia. The model is extended to include a phonological route and reading acquisition. We propose that the temporal alignment of serial orthographic and phonological representations is a key aspect of learning to read, driving the formation of a phonemic encoding. The phonemic encoding and the serial representations are mutually reinforcing, leading to automatic, proficient processing of letter strings. A breakdown in any component of this system leads to the failure to form string‐specific phonological and visual representations, resulting in impaired reading ability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-301
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Research in Reading
Issue number3
Early online date4 Aug 2005
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes


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