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ERIC Number: EJ1036358
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 19
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ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
The Syllabic Bridge: The First Step in Learning Spelling-to-Sound Correspondences
Doignon-Camus, Nadege; Zaga, Daniel
Journal of Child Language, v41 n5 p1147-1165 Sep 2014
It is widely agreed that learning to read starts with the establishment of letter-to-phoneme correspondences. However, it is also widely agreed that prereaders do not have access to phoneme units. Here we show that the building of associations between letters and syllables, which we call the "syllabic bridge", might be a faster and more direct way of learning spelling-to-sound correspondences in French. After a few minutes of exposure, prereaders are able to learn the statistical properties of letter co-occurrences. Statistical learning is boosted by explicit instructions about the associations between letter clusters and syllables. Building the syllabic bridge from available phonological syllables and frequent letter clusters may therefore be the first step in learning to read.
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Language: English
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