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ERIC Number: ED051986
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr-23
Pages: 10
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"Linguistic" Programs--Are They Really Different?
Rogers, John R.
Linguistics is not a single field of learning but is rather a collection of fields of study, all concerned with the scientific study of language. There is no single linguistic method of teaching reading but rather each field of linguistics influences reading in varying degrees. Phonology and its subbranches (phonetics, phonemics, and phonics) influence reading instruction--phonemics sheds light on the decoding process, and phonics cannot be completely omitted from the reading program. Orthography is especially important to reading when it emphasizes spelling. Psycholinguistics holds great potential for aiding the reading teacher, but until the psychologist and the linguist add the neurologist to their study, the help from psycholinguistics will be incomplete. Reading instruction is also aided by lexicography and etymology; dictionary usage is a valuable word attack skill, and tracing word origins is a source of pleasure for some students. The potentially most important field of linguistics as far as reading is concerned is semantics, but it needs more good research before its full benefits can be used. Educators and publishers should stop referring to "the" linguistic method of reading instruction and begin to make use of knowledge in each field. (VJ)
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Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the International Reading Association, Atlantic City, N.J., Apr. 19-23, 1971