Sound-spelling consistency in adults' orthographic learning

Burt, Jennifer S. and Blackwell, Penelope (2008) Sound-spelling consistency in adults' orthographic learning. Journal of Research in Reading, 31 1: 77-96. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9817.2007.00362.x

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Author Burt, Jennifer S.
Blackwell, Penelope
Title Sound-spelling consistency in adults' orthographic learning
Journal name Journal of Research in Reading   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0141-0423
Publication date 2008
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9817.2007.00362.x
Volume 31
Issue 1
Start page 77
End page 96
Total pages 20
Editor Morag Stuart
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Abstract Forty-eight adults were trained on monosyllabic pseudowords and their meanings and then tested in vocal spelling. The orthographic inconsistency of the rime (e.g. orn, awn for ‘glorn’) and the number of learning trials affected accuracy and response latency in the vocal spelling test. In addition, orthographic typicality as assessed by neighbour statistics predicted item spelling accuracy. Spelling accuracy on orthographically consistent items significantly increased with training, suggesting that unfamiliar monosyllables are not necessarily spelled by reliance on sound–spelling correspondences at the rime level. Analysis of spelling errors revealed that good spellers made more spelling errors containing alternative rime spellings and fewer errors that were phonologically inappropriate than poor spellers.
Keyword Vocal spelling tests
Spelling accuracy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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