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ERIC Number: ED039092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 5
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Vowel Cluster-Phoneme Correspondences in 20,000 English Words.
Johnson, Dale D.
The symbol-sound correspondence status of vowel-cluster (two or more adjacent vowel letters) spelling in American English was investigated. The source of the study was Venezky's 1963 revision of the Thorndike Frequency Count. A computer print-out of the 20,000 word corpus was analyzed to determine the letter-sound correspondence of vowel cluster spelling. Totals and pronunciations for each correspondence, as well as representative word lists were compiled. The analysis revealed (1) There are 61 vowel clusters representing 92 different single vowel phonemes and phoneme strings, producing more than 300 symbol-sound correspondences. (2) There was great variance in the frequency of the 61 vowel clusters. (3) Vowel clusters vary greatly in the number of individual phonemes or phoneme strings they represent. (4) Most vowel cluster pronunciations are unpredictable from their spelling. (WB)
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison.