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Sublexical Inferences in Beginning Reading: Medial Vowel Digraphs as Functional Units of Transfer

Savage, R; Stuart, KM; (1998) Sublexical Inferences in Beginning Reading: Medial Vowel Digraphs as Functional Units of Transfer. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology , 69 (2) pp. 85-108. 10.1006/jecp.1998.2439.

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Abstract

Two experiments evaluated young children's use of lexical inference. Experiment 1 compared transfer from shared rimes (e.g., “beak”-“peak”), or heads (e.g., “beak”-“bean”), under three conditions: (a) when both clue word pronunciation and orthography were present at transfer; (b) when only the pronunciation of the clue word was given; and (c) when the clue was pretaught. Equivalent transfer occurred in both conditions (a and b) where clue word pronunciations were provided at transfer, but no transfer was found when the clue word was pretaught (condition c). Experiment 2 investigated transfer from three pretaught clue words sharing rimes (e.g., “leak”-“peak”), or vowel digraphs (e.g., “leak”-“bean”). Children demonstrated lexical transfer under these conditions, but improvements were equivalent for vowel and rime analogous words. Results are interpreted in terms of models of vowel transfer.

Type: Article
Title: Sublexical Inferences in Beginning Reading: Medial Vowel Digraphs as Functional Units of Transfer
DOI: 10.1006/jecp.1998.2439
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/jecp.1998.2439
Language: English
Keywords: reading
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1507897
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