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Of, relating to, or being a culture not having a written language.
A person belonging to such a culture.
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(Anthropology & Ethnology) relating to a society that has not developed a written language
preliteracy n
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(priˈlɪt ər ɪt)

1. lacking a written language; nonliterate: a preliterate culture.
2. occurring before the development or use of writing.
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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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Since this early study, matrix training has been extended to teach tacting (Frampton, Wymer, Hansen, & Shillingsburg, 2016; Kohler & Malott, 2014; Pauwels, Ahearn, & Cohen, 2015), receptive language (Curiel, Sainato, & Goldstein, 2016), preliteracy skills (Axe & Sainato, 2010), spelling (Tanji & Noro, 2011), and sociodramatic play (Dauphin, Kinney, & Stromer, 2004; MacManus, MacDonald, & Ahearn, 2015).
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We feel that storytelling, and especially a Storytelling Chair, forms an essential part of language development and preliteracy. Our chairs have gone to nursery school pupils and junior school entry classes and the impact of this activity on pupils' language development is very clear.
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