Developmental Orthography

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John Benjamins Publishing, 1991 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 273 pages
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Philip Luelsdorff's highly original approach to the grammar of orthography is to analyse in detail how German pupils learn about written English. In this collection of essays and experiments we are presented with the rich finds of a decade of programmatic research. The context is set with an exposition of current cognitive models of reading and spelling. Cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics meet in Luelsdorff's concept of linguistic error. This concept forms the basis from which it is possible to derive the grammar that governs our largely unconscious and vast knowledge of written words. It is proper to talk about a grammar for both orthographic and syntactic aspects of language. This is because spelling knowledge is not piecemeal or erratic but bears all the hallmarks of a system. Through second language orthography the author is showing us a new view of this advanced stage of spelling knowledge and its acquisition. This view is exciting because it seems now possible to form very detailed hypotheses as regards first language spelling about the order in which purely orthographic knowledge is developed.
 

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Contents

English Vowel Spellings
1
A Formal Approach to Error Taxonomy
19
Processing Strategies in Bilingual Spellers
39
Bilingual Intralinguistic Orthographic Interference
57
The Complexity Hypothesis and Graphemic Ambiguity
69
The Complexity Hypothesis and Morphemic Spelling
87
Psycholinguistic determinants of orthography acquisition
109
Developmental Morphographemics
135
Orthographic Complexity and Orthography Acquisition
161
A Psycholinguistic Model of the Bilingual Speller
187
Developmental Orthography
217
Author Index
247
Subject Index
249
References
263
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