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ERIC Number: ED023647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jun
Pages: 150
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An Analysis of a Basic Spelling List for Possible Linguistic Grouping of Words.
Ongteco, Belen Casintahan
This study proposed that a basic list of spelling words could be grouped according to linguistic principles of sound-symbol relationships to provide effective spelling instruction. The corpus used in this study was the 1,163 words found in the spelling list developed by Walter Petty, selected for their high social utility in grades 2, 3, and 4. The words were phonetically transcribed and grouped into seven major word-classes. By identification of phoneme-letter representation and the position of the sound-unit variant, each of the seven major groups was divided into 243 teachable sub-groups and 180 isolates representing separate structural patterns. It was concluded that a basic spelling list of high social utility words, both "linguistically workable and socially useful," should not be discarded by teachers, and that a significant amount of spelling instruction should be devoted to the teaching of individual words, as well as to a linguistically-based grouping of words. Further research should be made of a more extensive basic spelling list and should test the actual effectiveness and appeal of a teaching approach to spelling instruction based on frequency of word usage and linguistic groupings. (JB)
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Note: M.A. Thesis, Sacramento State College, California.