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ERIC Number: EJ788566
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1074-4762
Awesome Mess or Good Compromise? Spelling, Linguistics, and Middle Schoolers
Meyer, Jim
Voices from the Middle, v15 n3 p25-32 Mar 2008
The stereotypical view of English spelling as an awesome mess is no longer widely held by linguists. That view assumes that spelling should represent pronunciation directly and simply. Instead, spelling is currently understood as representing a more abstract level of language as well as reflecting etymology. Examples from a middle school spelling textbook illustrate such linguistic phenomena as vowel reduction, vowel shortening, and consonant and vowel spellings in borrowed words. Middle school students themselves show awareness of these principles.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A