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Literate people have the ability to decode printed text and read it either aloud or silently with appropriate prosody; that is, they have the ability to convert characters on the page into mental representations of speech. This cognitive ability is inclusive of decoding (knowledge of sight to sound correspondences). It also includes knowledge of orthographic conventions and the ability to parse print cues (e.g., punctuation, italics) to indicate their speech equivalents (such as phrase boundaries and prosody).

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