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ERIC Number: EJ778921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
The Role of Hebrew Letter Names in Early Literacy: The Case of Multiphonemic Acrophonic Names
Levin, Iris
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v98 n4 p193-216 Dec 2007
English-speaking children spell letters correctly more often when the letters' names are heard in the word (e.g., B in "beach" vs. "bone"). Hebrew letter names have been claimed to be less useful in this regard. In Study 1, kindergartners were asked to report and spell initial and final letters in Hebrew words that included full (CVC), partial (CV), and phonemic (C) cues derived from these letter names (e.g., "kaftor," "kartis," "kib[open mid front unrounded vowel]l," spelled with /kaf/). Correct and biased responses increased with length of congruent and incongruent cues, respectively. In Study 2, preschoolers and kindergartners were asked to report initial letters with monosyllabic or disyllabic names (e.g., /kaf/ or /sam[open mid front unrounded vowel]x/, respectively) that included the cues described above. Correct responses increased with cue length; the effect was stronger with monosyllabic letter names than with disyllabic letter names, probably because the cue covered a larger ratio of the letter name. Phonological awareness was linked to use of letter names.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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