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ERIC Number: ED146569
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Pages: 16
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How English Spelling Codes Language.
Downing, John
This paper presents three viewpoints of the coding of language in English spelling: the classical view (that letters are a code for phonemes but that English spelling contains much irregularity), the revolutionary position (that letters do not code phonemes at all), and the eclectic view (that English spelling does code phonemes but that it also codes other aspects of language as well). It is concluded that, although the classical view has substantial validity, a full understanding of English orthography depends on the recognition that other, nonphonemic rules coexist with the phonemic ones. According to this argument, language instruction should reflect the eclectic view and should provide children with an understanding of the morphemic and syntactical codes that sometimes overrule the phonemic code. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (22nd, Miami Beach, Florida, May 2-6, 1977)