ERIC Number: ED112685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Rule Governed Pronunciation of English: A Case Study in Generative Spelling.
Schnitzer, Marc L.
The primary contact which many non-native speakers have with the English language is visual. Thus, there exist many competent readers of English who are ignorant of pronunciation. In the past, English pronunciation has been taught in a case-by-case fashion, without regard to principles relating orthography to pronunciation. This is a report on one member of a group of Francophone subjects who worked on improving their pronunciation of English by applying ordered rules to standard English spellings in order to derive correct pronunciations. This subject performed rules on 25 classes of words representing English polysyllables ending in 31 different suffixes. Of 5,225 words he was asked to read, he made 2,941 errors at first, as compared with 296 errors after performing the rules on a few words in each class--an improvement of almost 90 percent. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.