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See detailSpelling patterns of German 4th graders in French vowels: Insights into spelling solutions within and across two alphabetic writing systems
Weth, Constanze UL; Wollschläger, Rachel UL

in Writing Systems Research (2020)

Cross-language transfer in vowel spelling is difficult to detect because the relation between a vowel and its grapheme is often ambiguous within a writing system and the interpretation of transfer complex ... [more ▼]

Cross-language transfer in vowel spelling is difficult to detect because the relation between a vowel and its grapheme is often ambiguous within a writing system and the interpretation of transfer complex. This study examined French spelling patterns of German fourth graders with French as Foreign language cross-linguistically by applying a fine-grained measure to the differences in spelling, tested with a dictation. The study differentiated between phonologically and graphematically joint vs. unshared vowel graphemes in French and German and the contribution of each category to transfer. Instead of testing orthographic knowledge as in applying the orthographic norm correctly, it used the model of the ‘graphematic solution space’ [Neef, M. (2015). Writing systems as modular objects: Proposals for theory design in grapholinguistics. Open Linguistics, 1(1), 708–721.] that takes into account spelling that is graphematically licensed within the involved writing system. The analysis distinguished between poor and good German spellers to get insights on the relation of the pupils’ competence in the German and French spelling. Results showed an influence of the phonological and graphematic overlap in the spelling patterns, but also inconsistencies with both writing systems. The findings challenge statistical learning in multilingual contexts as the produced graphotactic patterns are rather French-like than French. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of a syntactic training on multilingual fifth graders' spelling patterns of noun capitalization in German
Bilici, Natalia UL; Ugen, Sonja UL; Weth, Constanze UL

in Writing Systems Research (2019), 11(2), 95-109

Silent orthographic syntactic markers, such as capitalisation of nouns in German are prone to error throughout schooling. The present study explores the spelling patterns related to capitalisation in ... [more ▼]

Silent orthographic syntactic markers, such as capitalisation of nouns in German are prone to error throughout schooling. The present study explores the spelling patterns related to capitalisation in multilingual pupils with German as a second language and investigates the efficiency of a syntax-based teaching approach of capitalisation for pupils’ spelling performance (n = 246). The results show, firstly, that pupils with German as a second language show similar capitalisation patterns influenced by lexico-semantic and positional factors as pupils with German as a first language. Secondly, the results suggest that a syntax-based teaching approach to capitalisation of nouns is highly effective especially for nominalizations. The study supports the assumption that stimulating pupils’ attention to syntactic structures is beneficial for spelling when these features are represented clearly and regularly in the writing system, but not in phonology. [less ▲]

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