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ERIC Number: ED068930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 348
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An Analysis of Geminate Consonants in Words to Identify Understandings Which May Facilitate Correct Spelling.
Pokrinchak, Barbara Ann
This study was undertaken to identify: (1) phonological aspects of geminate consonants and of the vowels preceding them, (2) morphological factors related to geminate consonants, (3) the contribution of geminate consonants toward differentiating homophones, and (4) characteristics of initial spelling patterns in words beginning with a vowel-geminate consonant or a vowel-single consonant. Another purpose was to organize lists for use in developing effective spelling strategies. The Hanna word list (17,310 words) was surveyed, and 2414 were found to contain 2488 instances of geminate consonants. A list was arranged to facilitate collection of data on the phonological aspects of geminate consonants and their preceding vowels. Five phonological generalizations were condensed from 43 subrules in the Hanna algorithm, and five others were formulated, embracing a total of 921 words. Lists of conforming words and exceptions followed each generalization statement. A percentage of utility was also computed for each generalization. Morphological factors were identified, and information on word stems, prefixes, etc. was determined. Sets of homophones were identified. For the fourth purpose of the study words beginning with a vowel-geminate consonant pattern were identified, as well as all words beginning with a vowel-single consonant pattern. These were analyzed with regard to phonological and morphological characteristics, and the etymology was established for all. (Author/JF)
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