Learning to Spell / Edition 1

Learning to Spell / Edition 1

by Charles A. Perfetti
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805821600

ISBN-13: 9780805821604

Pub. Date: 01/01/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This distinctive cross-linguistic examination of spelling examines the cognitive processes that underlie spelling and the process of learning how to spell. The chapters report and summarize recent research in English, German, Hebrew, and French.

Framing the specific research on spelling are chapters that place spelling in braod theoretical perspectives provided

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This distinctive cross-linguistic examination of spelling examines the cognitive processes that underlie spelling and the process of learning how to spell. The chapters report and summarize recent research in English, German, Hebrew, and French.

Framing the specific research on spelling are chapters that place spelling in braod theoretical perspectives provided by cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistic, and writing system-linguistic frameworks. Of special interest is the focus on two major interrelated issues: how spelling is acquired and the relationship between reading and spelling. An important dimension of the book is the interweaving of these basic questions about the nature of spelling with practical questions about how children learn to spell in classrooms. A motivating factor in this work was to demonstrate that spelling research has become a central challenging topic in the study of cognitive processes, rather than an isolated skill learned in school. It thus brings together schooling and learning issues with modern cognitive research in a unique way. testing, children writing strings of letters as a teacher pronounces words ever so clearly. In parts of the United States it can also bring an image of specialized wizardry and school room competition, the "spelling bee." And for countless adults who confess with self-deprecation to being "terrible spellers," it is a reminder of a mysterious but minor affliction that the fates have visited on them. Beneath these popular images, spelling is a human literacy ability that reflects language and nonlanguage cognitive processes. This collection of papers presents a sample of contemporary research across different languages that addresses this ability.

To understand spelling as an interesting scientific problem, there are several important perspectives. First, spelling is the use of conventionalized writing systems that encode languages. A second asks how children learn to spell. Finally, from a literacy point of view, another asks the extent to which spelling and reading are related. In collecting some of the interesting research on spelling, the editors have adopted each of these perspectives. Many of the papers themselves reflect more than one perspective, and the reader will find important observations about orthographies, the relationship between spelling and reading, and issues of learning and teaching throughout the collection.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805821604
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1370L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction
1From Writing to Orthography: The Functions and Limits of the Notion of System3
2The Psycholinguistics of Spelling and Reading21
3The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Spelling39
4Spelling Acquisition in English61
5How Learning to Spell German Differs From Learning to Spell English81
6The Development of the Understanding of Number Morphology in Written French97
7Lexical Spelling Processes in Reading Disabled French-Speaking Children115
8Learning to Spell in the Classroom129
9Spelling and Grammar - The Necsed Move151
10Why Spelling Is More Difficult Than Reading173
11The Inhibition of Polygraphic Consonants in Spelling Hebrew: Evidence for Recurrent Assembly of Spelling and Phonology in Visual Word Recognition195
12Children's Use of Analogy in Learning to Read and to Spell221
13Learning to Read and Learning to Spell Are One and the Same, Almost237
14Interactions in the Development of Reading and Spelling: Stages, Strategies, and Exchange of Knowledge271
15Relations Between Word-Search Strategies and Word-Copying Strategies in Children Aged 5 to 6 Years Old295
16Foundations of Orthographic Development319
17Beginning Reading and Spelling Acquisition in French: A Longitudinal Study339
Author Index361
Subject Index369

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