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Children’s first language acquisition of the English writing system


Kemp, N, Children's first language acquisition of the English writing system, The Routledge Handbook of the English Writing System, Taylor and Francis, V Cook & D Ryan (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 193-206. ISBN 9780415715973 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2016 selection and editorial matter, Vivian Cook and Des Ryan; individual chapters, the contributors

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What do Santa’s reindeer eat?
Carotes and milke and ausoe vegderbelles for the raindiase
How does Santa know who’s been naughty and who’s been nice?
Elvs were coshtshoms and secrt vedeuo them

An adult reader might be forgiven for finding it difficult to decipher these seven-year-old children’s responses to the ‘Christmas questions’ posed by their teacher. These confusedlooking spellings mean that some adults might not appreciate the detail of the answer that Santa Claus provides ‘Carrots and milk and also vegetables for the reindeer[s]’, or the rather sophisticated suggestion that naughty children are caught out when ‘Elves wear costumes [disguises] and secret-video them’. Are these children simply finding it unusually difficult to learn to write conventionally? Or do their unconventional spellings represent quite a reasonable response to the challenges of the English orthographic system? The aim of this chapter is to chart the development of children learning to write in English as a first language, and to discuss some of the explanations that have been offered for children’s difficulties and successes in their writing acquisition. This chapter concentrates on typical development; the specific difficulties that children may experience in learning to read and write in English are discussed in Chapter 14.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:writing, spelling, children, development
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Educational psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Kemp, N (Associate Professor Nenagh Kemp)
ID Code:109244
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2016-06-04
Last Modified:2018-03-22

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