ERIC Number: ED209634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Spelling Change on the Adult Reader.
Beech, John R.
Two new spelling systems, Regular Spelling (RS) and World English Spelling (WES), were tested for their effects on 26 adults. The subjects read passages in one of these new orthographies, timed themselves, completed a comprehension test, and rated the ease of learning to spell and to read the new orthography in relation to traditional orthography. It was found that WES, a phonetic system, impaired the reading rates of adults; but RS, a system uniformly applying the most frequent of existing spelling rules, only impaired reading in the initial stages of the experiment. After reading about 6,000 words of text, the impairment in reading rates in RS had disappeared. By the end of the experiment, spelling in both systems had not been completely mastered by subjects, but this was probably because the teaching of the spelling of the orthographies was treated as secondary within the experiment. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Spelling Reform
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Conference on Reading and Spelling (3rd, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 31-August 3, 1981).