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ERIC Number: ED243087
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Pages: 294
Abstractor: N/A
Gates Phonic Word Lists for Teaching Reading.
Gates, Louis
To help reduce the guess work that underpins many phonics programs, a study comprehensively examined the phonic elements of 17,211 words drawn from the 17,310 word list originally compiled by Thorndike and Lorge and later updated by members of the Stanford Spelling Project. Each word in the list was assigned its corresponding respelling that was given in the "American Heritage Dictionary" and reorganized into one of six groups: five by the relative frequency of occurrence as assigned by Thorndike and Lorge and a sixth formed of the words included by the Stanford researchers. A computer program was then written that searched for specific letters or letter combinations within the words; R-controlled vowels, single vowels, final-vowel-consonant-E, adjacent vowels, consonant phonograms, compound consonants, and single consonants. Using these categories as a point of reference, a number of phonics generalizations were framed, each of which has at least a 90% efficiency. (The study includes the word lists as well as statistical data for both the words found in the total word corpus and the most frequently occurring words.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A