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Of, relating to, or being a culture not having a written language.
A person belonging to such a culture.


(Anthropology & Ethnology) relating to a society that has not developed a written language
preliteracy n


(priˈlɪt ər ɪt)

1. lacking a written language; nonliterate: a preliterate culture.
2. occurring before the development or use of writing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.preliterate - not yet having acquired the ability to read and write
illiterate - not able to read or write
2.preliterate - used of a society that has not developed writing
noncivilised, noncivilized - not having a high state of culture and social development
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Preliterate children whose brains inefficiently process speech against a background of noise are more likely than their peers to have trouble with reading and language development when they reach school age, the researchers found.
Preliterate and postliterate cultures tend to be more interality-oriented than literate cultures.
Both preliterate and postliterate rituals are highly involving, and what involves, surrounds.
While insisting that memory in modern cultures operates differently from the ways it did in ancient, largely preliterate, societies, D.
Originally intended to describe a preliterate cultural group or time period, the meaning of being prehistoric has gradually devolved into a loaded word that carries negative connotations.
This engaging book helps preschoolers exercise their fine motor and visual skills by puzzle piece manipulation, providing a satisfying learning activity for the preliterate child.
Other research topics included specifically South African subjects, such as reconstructing the history of preliterate peoples of the subcontinent employing blood groups and protein characteristics, oculocutaneous albinism in the black population, TSD in Jewish people, pentosuria, cystic fibrosis, Fanconi's anaemia, fragile X syndrome, the Y chromosome, mitochondrial DNA, haemoglobin variation (haemoglobinopathies) and disorders in the black and Indian populations, keratolytic winter erythema, lipoid proteinosis, intellectual disability, fetal alcohol syndrome, and other rarer conditions.
Shinto has survived as an unbroken spiritual path linking preliterate with technological societies'-a rare feat, he says.
Freeman and Freeman state that "they have been labelled as overage, preliterate, or low literacy" (p.
In the early years of my literary education at university and just after, there was a vogue for myth, folklore, primitive religion, preliterate song--The Golden Bough, The White Goddess, Technicians of the Sacred, all that.
Especially in the preliterate era, it was assumed that verbal capacity had social potency, being the important vehicle to convey values and knowledge from the ancestral deities (kawas) to the human world.
One reason may be that assessing vocabulary for preliterate children and children with limited reading skills is difficult.