Learning to Spell in Different Languages: How Orthographic Variables Might Affect Early Literacy

Authored by: Marketa Caravolas

Handbook of Orthography and Literacy

Print publication date:  September  2005
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780805846522
eBook ISBN: 9780203824719
Adobe ISBN: 9781136781353


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This chapter is divided into three sections. First, the main characteristics of alphabetic orthographies as well as some relevant distinguishing features of the orthographies are examined. Next, a summary of studies of English spelling development, which has provided the backdrop for much of the cross-linguistic work, is presented. Finally, the cross-linguistic evidence pertaining to the potential effects of orthographic depth on various aspects of spelling development is discussed.

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