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ERIC Number: EJ914390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
A Logical Letter-Sound System in Five Phonic Generalizations
Gates, Louis; Yale, Ian
Reading Teacher, v64 n5 p330-339 Feb 2011
In five phonic generalizations, this article introduces a logical system of letter-sound relationships. Ranging from 91% to 99% phonic transparency, these statements generalize a study of 16,928 words in children's literature. The r-controlled vowels aside, the analysis shows 54 basic transparent letters and letter combinations, 39 transparent phonograms, and 11 nontransparent phonic cells. The generalizations--written in basic, phonogram, and unfit clauses--begin with the following five basic clauses: (1) single vowels usually have their short sound; (2) final single vowel-consonant-e words usually have a long first vowel and a silent final "e" (-VCe); (3) vowel digraphs usually have one or one of two sounds; (4) single consonants usually have one or one of two sounds; and (5) consonant di/trigraphs usually have one or one of two sounds. In total, single letters, di/trigraphs, -VCe, phonograms, and unfit cells comprise a coherent phonic system. The article concludes with teaching suggestions. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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