About the author: Alistair Sharp is Associate Professor of English at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Reading, UK and has also studied at the universities of Nottingham, Birmingham, and Wales. He has wide overseas teaching experience at universities and schools in Africa, the Gulf, and SE Asia, and has specialized in psycholinguistics and educational linguistics as well as practical aspects of language planning.
This book examines reading comprehension processes from a psychological standpoint, and considers the affect of cultural predilections on meaning. It examines a wide range of topics, including bilingualism, reading theory, contrastive rhetoric, and the influence on reading of learning styles and educational traditions. Although essentially using a psychological/cognitive interpretation of reading comprehension, the book nevertheless draws many threads from the cultural practices of readers themselves and provides conclusions as to the nature of contrastive rhetoric and the effect of culture, thinking and meaning on reading comprehension.