Learning to read: an unnatural act

@article{Gough1980LearningTR,
  title={Learning to read: an unnatural act},
  author={Philip B. Gough and Michael L. Hillinger},
  journal={Bulletin of the Orton Society},
  year={1980},
  volume={30},
  pages={179-196}
}
The six-year-old's sight is as good as the adult's (Amigo 1972), and his hearing is nearly so (Elliott and Katz 1980). The child has an excellent memory (Mandler, in press), and his learning ability is remarkable. Even a conservative estimate of the size of his vocabulary will show that he must have learned, on average, more than four new words every day since his first birthday (Carey 1978). He has already learned to speak and understand his native language with remarkable fluency. The average… Expand
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