Spelling dyslexia: A form of cross-cuing

Lynn J. Speedie, Leslie J. Rothi, Kenneth M. Heilman

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A patient with spelling dyslexia maintained the ability to write, spell, and pronounce spelled nonsense words and words that require knowledge of orthographic rules of language. He was unable to perform grapheme-phoneme conversions except after naming the letter involved. We propose that he uses a letter-naming strategy to circumvent the disconnection of visual areas from the area of visual word images and that his letter-naming strategy represents a compensatory cross-cuing strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)340-352
Number of pages13
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing


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