Dyslexia and tone deafness in Chinese people

November 16, 2011, 02:58 PM posted in General Discussion

Hi all,

This is my first post in the community and it is about something that I am quite interested in.

Dyslexia and tone deafness among Chinese people.

Tone deafness I am interested in for obvious reasons. How can tone deaf Chinese people - and I feel certain that there must be some afflicted by this - speak Chinese? With some cursory research you will find that the instances of tone deafness are much lower among tonal language speakers, however this implies that they are not non-existant...

Secondly, how does dyslexia affect the writing/reading of characters. I guess that some of the users on this site will themselves be dyslexic so could possibly shed some light on this?

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you all.


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November 16, 2011, 07:52 PM

Your interesting question made me do a quick search on the internet (the true, single source of all 21st century wisdom).  I found this article really interesting. 


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November 16, 2011, 08:31 PM

actually, this one is interesting also.  By the same author, and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.