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ERIC Number: EJ857514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
Statistical Patterns in Children's Early Writing
Pollo, Tatiana Cury; Kessler, Brett; Treiman, Rebecca
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v104 n4 p410-426 Dec 2009
Many theories of spelling development claim that before children begin to spell phonologically, their spellings are random strings of letters. We evaluated this idea by testing young children (mean age = 4 years 9 months) in Brazil and the United States and selecting a group of prephonological spellers. The spellings of this prephonological group showed a number of patterns that reflected things such as the frequencies of letters and bigrams in children's language. The prephonological spellers in the two countries produced spellings that differed in some respects, consistent with their exposure to different written languages. We found no evidence for reportedly universal patterns in early spelling such as the idea that children write one letter for each syllable. Overall, our results reveal that early spellings that are not phonological are by no means random or universal and preserve certain patterns in the writing to which children have been exposed. (Contains 1 figure and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil; United States