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ERIC Number: ED065877
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Pages: 12
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The Usefulness of Linguistically-Based Word Generalizations.
Emans, Robert; Harms, Jeanne McLain
This study was an investigation in two parts. First, a study of the applicability of spelling-patterns to syllables was made. Second, the applicability of the spelling-patterns to whole words was examined. The criteria for applicability used are (1) The word list must contain a minimum of twenty words to which the generalization might apply; and (2) The generalization must have a percent of utility of at least 75. The results for the first part of this study show that the percent of utility for the spelling patterns taken as a group in this study was 70 percent. Thus, taken as a group, the criteria established for the study of meeting a 75 percent utility were not met. In the second part, only those generalizations in which 40 or more syllables were found to which the generalizations might apply were used. The results show that 81 percent of the words were composed in which every syllable contained spelling patterns identified for the investigation. The findings of the study showed that most of the syllables of the list were represented by a word-pattern and that many of the syllables followed a word-pattern in phonetic spelling. The results also indicated that many of the word-patterns are of limited value. In using word-patterns for instructional purposes, the low applicability of many of the secondary and tertiary patterns should be considered. Further study needs to be conducted to assist in utilizing this information to improve instructional situations. (CK)
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association (Chicago, Apr. 1972)