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ERIC Number: EJ830119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1088-8438
The Spelling of Vowels Is Influenced by Australian and British English Dialect Differences
Kemp, Nenagh
Scientific Studies of Reading, v13 n1 p53-72 Jan 2009
Two experiments examined the influence of dialect on the spelling of vowel sounds. British and Australian children (6 to 8 years) and university students wrote words whose unstressed vowel sound is spelled i or e and pronounced /I/ or /schwa/. Participants often (mis)spelled these vowel sounds as they pronounced them. When vowels were pronounced similarly in both dialects (e.g., "comic", with /I/; "fossil", with /schwa/), British and Australian writers wrote the correct spelling similarly often. For vowels pronounced as /I/ in British English but /schwa/ in Australian English and spelled with i (e.g., "muffin"), British writers correctly wrote i significantly more than Australian writers. For vowels with this same pronunciation pattern but spelled instead with e (e.g., "rocket"), Australian writers correctly wrote e significantly more often than British writers. Dialect-related phonological differences influenced the spelling of both beginning and skilled spellers across both familiar and unfamiliar words. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom