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ERIC Number: EJ1038920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
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ISSN: ISSN-0922-4777
Letter Knowledge in Parent-Child Conversations
Robins, Sarah; Treiman, Rebecca; Rosales, Nicole
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v27 n3 p407-429 Mar 2014
Learning about letters is an important component of emergent literacy. We explored the possibility that parent speech provides information about letters, and also that children's speech reflects their own letter knowledge. By studying conversations transcribed in CHILDES (MacWhinney, 2000) between parents and children aged one to five, we found that alphabetic order influenced use of individual letters and letter sequences. The frequency of letters in children's books influenced parent utterances throughout the age range studied, but children's utterances only after age two. Conversations emphasized some literacy-relevant features of letters, such as their shapes and association with words, but not letters' sounds. Describing these patterns and how they change over the preschool years offers important insight into the home literacy environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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