Spelling Development and Disability The Importance of Linguistic Factors Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   July 01, 2001
Spelling Development and Disability
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Derrick C. Bourassa
    Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Rebecca Treiman
    Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Contact author: Derrick Bourassa, Department of Psychology, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, BOP IXO.
    Contact author: Derrick Bourassa, Department of Psychology, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, BOP IXO.×
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: derrick.bourassa@acadiau.ca
Article Information
Development / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Clinical Forum: Evidence-Based Practice and Research Collaborations
Clinical Forum   |   July 01, 2001
Spelling Development and Disability
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2001, Vol. 32, 172-181. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2001/016)
History: Received November 14, 2000 , Accepted March 24, 2001
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2001, Vol. 32, 172-181. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2001/016)
History: Received November 14, 2000; Accepted March 24, 2001
Web of Science® Times Cited: 28

This article reviews the literature on normal and impaired spelling development in English. Once children begin to learn that the function of alphabetic writing is to represent the sounds of language, they go through the process of learning sound-spelling correspondences in increasingly fine detail. Continued experience with print allows children to learn about orthographic and morphological conventions of the language. Within this general framework, the authors describe research that underscores the importance of fine-grained linguistic analyses of spelling performance. It is concluded that such an approach holds a great deal of promise for theory and practice.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Preparation of this article was supported by grants from the March of Dimes Foundation (12-FY00-51) and the National Science Foundation (SBR-9807736) to Rebecca Treiman, and by a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (#227563) to Derrick Bourassa.
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