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Learning to spell in an alphasyllabary: The case of Kannada

Abstract:

We investigated children's spelling in the alphasyllabic writing system of Kannada, a South Indian language. Kannada represents language at roughly the level of the syllable, but its symbols or 'akshara' can be segmented visually to reveal the consonant and vowel segments within. Having been taught akshara as whole, fourth- and fifth-grade children were poor at constructing complex akshara from their consonant and vowel segments. Analyses of their errors showed confusions between the symbols ...

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10.1093/wsr/wsq001

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Treiman, R More by this author
Snowling, MJ More by this author
Journal:
Writing Systems Research
Volume:
2
Issue:
1
Pages:
41-52
Publication date:
2010
DOI:
EISSN:
1758-681X
ISSN:
1758-6801
URN:
uuid:9e5dd132-76ad-4e53-985b-773d593a1bf8
Source identifiers:
379077
Local pid:
pubs:379077
Language:
English

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