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Cllr Terry Thomas receives a copy of the new book
A father and son have published a revolutionary book in Lichfield on elements of the English language. Authors Dr Neville Brown, a leading expert on dyslexia and his son Dr Daryl Brown, head teacher of Maple Hayes Dyslexia School which specialises in teaching children with literacy problems, have produced the book aimed at language and education professionals. Memes, Morphemes and Language looks at the structure of words, sentences and language. It also offers an insight into how the teaching of literacy can be improved. To mark the publication, the authors presented an engraved copy of their book to the Dr Johnson Birthplace Museum. The book was accepted on behalf of the museum by the Mayor of the City of Lichfield, Councillor Terry Thomas. Cllr Thomas said:
“It’s astonishing that Lichfield is still contributing to the English language and it’s fascinating to hear about the work that both Dr Brown and his son have done over the years. I’m delighted to receive the book on behalf of the Dr Johnson Birthplace Museum. I’m sure this is one of the most important books to come out of the city in many years.”
A former Lichfield City Mayor, Dr Neville Brown created a revolutionary ‘icon’ method 30 years ago as a mechanism to help children with dyslexia to read and write. This method is still being successfully used at Maple Hayes Dyslexia School which he established in the 1980s. Dr Daryl Brown said:
“This book is just a start on the subject. My father has been working on this for almost thirty years, and I joined him in his research 15 years ago, around the time of my Oxford PhD. We’re both delighted to have published this.”


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