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Learning to spell and learning phonology:the spelling of nasal consonants in Kiswahili.

Alcock, K. J. and Ngorosho, D. (2007) Learning to spell and learning phonology:the spelling of nasal consonants in Kiswahili. Reading and Writing, 20 (7). pp. 643-670. ISSN 0922-4777

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Abstract

In orthographies studied to date, children learning to spell tend to omit one consonant of a cluster—for initial clusters, the second consonant, and for medial nasal clusters, the nasal. Explanations have included a special status for the initial consonant of a word, and the fact that in English nasal clusters are not true clusters but consist of a nasalised vowel plus a consonant. We tested children’s spelling of initial and medial clusters consisting of a nasal consonant followed by another consonant, but non-nasalised vowels, in Kiswahili. For both initial and medial clusters, the nasal was spelled wrongly more often than the other consonant. The initial position in a word does not seem to have special properties. Rather, the spelling of clusters seems to depend on the properties of the individual phonemes, nasals being particularly difficult to spell. It is concluded that cross-linguistic studies of spelling development are necessary to draw generalised conclusions about phonological processing.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Reading and Writing
Additional Information: Alcock was lead author, designed the experiment, and wrote the manuscript. Alcock was supervisor of Ngorosho (RA). RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spelling development - Kiswahili - Phonological development - Consonant clusters.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 3548
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2008 10:28
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 15:21
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3548

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