The field of neurolinguisitics has recently shed light on how the brain deals with Arabic and whether this process is different from other languages. Recent findings from the University of Haifa suggest that "brain's right hemisphere is not involved in the initial processes of reading in Arabic, due to the graphic complexity of Arabic script" and that acquisition of Arabic reading skills for native speakers is more difficult than English for example. Another research paper released recently shows how Arabic words are best understood by the brain when it focuses on the center of the word as it appears on a page, due to the semantic root structure of Arabic words. English differs in that readers focus on the beginning and end of words. These findings are not exactly surprising, but it's nonetheless exciting to see more mainstream linguistic studies of Arabic available.
This article is taken directly from the Dash24 news service and based on a research paper published by the University of Leicester-
Arabic readers recognise words in a different way from readers of other languages a new study has discovered.