In terms of literacy, the combination of orthography – the conventional spelling system of a language – and second language (L2) acquisition is not widely studied. The research thus far comprises auditory or verbal acquisition - showing that an L2 learner studying a language phonetically similar to their own would have greater ease in acquiring the L2.1 While similar phonetics play a part in ease of L2 acquisition, the research focuses mainly on grammar and debates providing corrective input versus no input when learners make a grammatical error. Although many studies demonstrate how phonetics and grammar contribute to L2 learning, they neglect to examine how a language’s orthography affects L2 reading comprehension. Due to these limits, the present study aims to determine how L2 learners comprehend sentences when provided a language with a writing system different from their own.
"From Japanese to Elvish: Comparing Different Writing Systems,"
The Compass: Vol. 1:
7, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.arcadia.edu/thecompass/vol1/iss7/3