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Using Spelling Skills in Brazilian Portuguese and English

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Jane Correa ,

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Av. Pasteur, 250, Urca, RJ, Brasil, CEP 22290-240
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Morag MacLean,

Oxford Brookes University, Headington, Oxford, OX3 0BP, United Kingdom
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Elisabet Meireles,

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Av. Pasteur, 250, Urca, RJ, Brasil, CEP 22290-240
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Tania Lopes,

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Av. Pasteur, 250, Urca, RJ, Brasil, CEP 22290-240
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Dorry Glockling

Oxford Brookes University, Headington, Oxford, OX3 0BP, United Kingdom
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Abstract

This study examines qualitative differences in children’s orthographic knowledge and their ability to develop and test hypotheses about an unknown word in two languages, Brazilian Portuguese and English. A cross-linguistic comparison allows examination of the nature of children’s spelling development under different orthographic conditions. 81 Brazilian children in grades 2, 3 and 4 (i.e. aged 9, 10 and 11 years) and 95 English children in the equivalent school grades were asked to play the game ‘Hangman’ with 4 and 5 letter words. They were also asked to justify their selection of letters. There was greater heterogeneity in the Brazilian children’s responses than in the English children’s responses across word lengths and syllabic patterns. This is interpreted in terms of the Brazilian children’s sensitivity to syllabic patterns. Children’s justifications indicated that in all three grades and in both deep and shallow orthographies they made use of lexical and non-lexical strategies.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jpl.140
How to Cite: Correa, J., MacLean, M., Meireles, E., Lopes, T., & Glockling, D. (2007). Using Spelling Skills in Brazilian Portuguese and English. Journal of Portuguese Linguistics, 6(2), 61–82. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jpl.140
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Published on 31 Dec 2007.
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