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ERIC Number: EJ1146977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0141-0423
Knowledge of Conditional Spelling Patterns Supports Word Spelling among Danish Fifth Graders
Nielsen, Anne-Mette Veber
Journal of Research in Reading, v40 n3 p313-332 Aug 2017
Graphotactic knowledge and word-specific orthographic knowledge have been shown to account for unique variance in concurrent spelling skills beyond phonological skills in the early school years.The present study examined whether knowledge of spelling patterns conditioned by phonological context would add to the concurrent prediction of spelling among 133 Danish fifth graders. Findings from other orthographies (e.g., English and German) were replicated, in that measures of graphotactic knowledge and word-specific orthographic knowledge accounted for unique variance in spelling beyond phonological decoding. However, the results went further by demonstrating that a measure of knowledge of conditional spelling patterns was an independent predictor of spelling.The findings indicate that children learning to spell in the opaque Danish orthography use multiple sources of knowledge to guide their choice of spellings and call for increased attention to conditional spelling patterns in literacy instruction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark
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