ERIC Number: ED112426
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Children's Categorization of Speech Sounds in English. NCTE Committee on Research Report No. 17.
The primary purposes of this study were to investigate the phonetic bases of nonstandard spellings invented by preschool and primary-grade children, to devise appropriate experimental techniques for eliciting judgments of phonetic relationships from young children, to identify the specific characteristics that influence children's categorization of speech sounds, and to identify the significance of children's phonetic judgments for phonetic classification and for the teaching of literacy. The six chapters of the book discuss such topics as invented spelling, experimental studies of clusters, experimental studies of preconsonantal nasals, and studies of vowels. Some of the major conclusions reached in this study are that (1) the basis for certain common nonstandard spellings is that children categorize speech sounds in unexpected but phonetically justified ways; and (2) categorization of speech sounds is an important component of early language learning because it influences children's efforts in spelling, giving rise to certain types of apparent errors which teachers should understand in order to respond appropriately. (TS)
Descriptors: Child Language, Consonants, Language Acquisition, Language Research, Language Skills, Phonology, Preschool Education, Primary Education, Speech, Speech Communication, Spelling, Vowels
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Road, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (Stock No. 06307, $3.95 non-member, $3.65 member)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, Urbana, IL.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.