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Books: Language Acquisition: Doval-Suarez

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Message 1: The Acquisition of L2-English Spelling: Doval-Suarez

Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2004 16:58:12 -0500 (EST)
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Subject: The Acquisition of L2-English Spelling: Doval-Suarez

Title: The Acquisition of L2-English Spelling
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Language Acquisition 10
Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	Lincom
Author: Susana M. Doval-Su�rez, University of Santiago de Compostela

Paperback: ISBN: 3895868221, Pages: 275, Price: EUR 66.


The present study describes the orthographic interlanguage of
Galician-Spanish undergraduates and pays special attention to the
exploration of spelling errors in as far as they are indicators of the
learners' use of strategies. The author's main
assumption is that writing processes are also ruled by a grammar, and
as a consequence, that learning to spell is a hypotheses-testing
process. The first part of the study provides the theoretical
background of the book. Chapter 1 examines the linguistic approaches
to the relationship between speech and writing. Chapter 2 presents a
contrastive analysis of the different orthographic systems involved in
the research. Chapter 3 provides the psycholinguistic background. The
second part of the study concentrates on the empirical analysis of the
spelling data taken from 95 compositions and 30 dictations. Chapter 4
classifies, describes and explains the misspelling types identified in
the composition sample, and is mainly devoted to the cross-sectional
analysis of the four types of error mechanism (displacements,
additions, omissions and substitutions), although a more detailed
analysis of substitutions is attempted in terms of
strategies. Finally, Chapter 5 is an attempt to ascertain the
psychological reality of the strategies of overgeneralisation by means
of a dictation-test consisting of 20 non-words. The study closes with
a summary of the main conclusions that can be drawn from the different
chapters. By providing the first full description of the orthographic
interlanguage of Spanish learners of English, the book could
contribute to establishing a typology of mechanisms and strategies of
misspellings made by L2-English learners in general, and so it may
serve to answer questions such as: how do subjects who have learned to
read and write using a regular system cope with an irregular system
such as the English one? or how does L1-orthographic knowledge
interact with L2-orthography learning? (also see the LINCOM webshop: Course discounts available! invoices in USD and GBP

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Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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