The Phonology of Invented Spelling<sup>1</sup>

Wayne O'Neil

in Rich Languages From Poor Inputs

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199590339
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745041 | DOI:
The Phonology of Invented Spelling1

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This chapter examines the phonology of invented spelling. The data clearly indicate that English inventive spellers aim for a taxonomic phonemic representation, one that is phonetically grounded and does not take the morphology of the language into account. However, the writing system that the English-speaking child must ultimately control is morphophonemic: its general principle, obviously grossly violated at times, is to leave unrepresented what can be predicted by phonological rule. Children are not hardwired to read and write; thus they cannot know what kind of writing system, if any, they will have to contend with. By examining the range of writing systems that exist for the world's languages, we begin to understand that writing systems can be ‘friendly’ or not relative to their different audiences.

Keywords: children; phonology; invented spelling; writing systems

Chapter.  2762 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Linguistics

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