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ERIC Number: ED195940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Facets of English Spelling.
Williamson, Leon; Wooden, Sharon L.
The premise of this paper is that English orthography has formed a system that represents more than phonetic values, but also represents semantic, etymological, and preferential values. The paper notes that English is a fairly regular and complex system in which both sound and meaning share leading roles in determining spelling. Studies are discussed that have shown that common phonic generalizations do not hold true for spelling and it is noted that these research efforts cause conclusions about the logic of spelling because of a limited focus on grapheme-phoneme correspondence and because of the atypical word samples drawn primarily from basal readers. The authors discuss observations that they have made over the year with spelling students of all ages and note that when words are analyzed with a grid containing the four topics of phonics, semantics, etymology, and preference, most words fall into more than one category of spelling influence. Examples and explanations are provided of words that fall into these four categories. The paper notes that if all these values are not understood and appreciated, then English spelling may seem a morass. (MKM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A