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The limitations of orthographic analogy in early reading development: Performance on the clue-word task depends on phonological priming and elementary decoding skill, not the use of orthographic analogy

Nation, K., Allen, R. and Hulme, C. (2002) The limitations of orthographic analogy in early reading development: Performance on the clue-word task depends on phonological priming and elementary decoding skill, not the use of orthographic analogy. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 80 (2). pp. 75-94. ISSN 0022-0965

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Abstract

Two experiments investigated the mechanisms underlying analogical transfer in the clue-word reading task developed by Goswami and her colleagues. Across both experiments, an equivalent number of “analogy” responses were made regardless of whether the clue word was seen or just heard. In addition, the number of “analogy” responses to words sharing both orthographic and phonological overlap with the clue words was no greater than that shown to words sharing only pronunciations. These results provide no evidence for the view that beginning readers make genuine orthographic-based analogies. Instead, the findings are interpreted within a framework in which phonological priming, in combination with the children's own partial decoding attempts based on limited orthographic knowledge, account for their performance on the clue-word task. It is concluded that the extent to which beginning readers make orthographic analogies is overestimated and as a consequence, theories that emphasize the importance of orthographic analogy as a mechanism driving the development of early reading skills need to be questioned.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: reading development; orthographic analogy; phonological priming
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Psychology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2009 13:32
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2009 13:32
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/jecp.2000.2614
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam
Identification Number: 10.1006/jecp.2000.2614
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6659

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