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Preschoolers use partial letter names to select spellings: Evidence from Portuguese

  • TATIANA CURY POLLO (a1), REBECCA TREIMAN (a1) and BRETT KESSLER (a1)

Abstract

Two studies examined children's use of letter–name spelling strategies when target phoneme sequences match letter names with different degrees of precision. We examined Portuguese-speaking preschoolers' use of h (which is named /a′ga/ but which never represents those sounds) when spelling words beginning with /ga/ or variants of /ga/. We also looked at use of q (named /ke/) when spelling /ke/ and /ge/. Children sometimes used h for stimuli beginning with /ga/ and /ka/, and q when spelling words and nonwords beginning with /ke/ and /ge/ they did not use these letters when stimuli began with other sequences. Thus, their spellings evinced use of letter-name matches primarily when consonant-vowel sequences matched, such that vowels must be exact but consonants could differ in voicing from the target phoneme.

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ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE Tatiana Cury Pollo, Washington University, Campus Box 1125, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130. E-mail: tpollo@wustl.edu

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