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The effects of mother tongue and first language literacy on spelling: A study of Singaporean second language readers
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This paper reports on a study of the spelling errors for Singaporean primary
school children to dictated targets words in English. The children were drawn from
Primary 2 and Primary 5 classes. The aim of the investigation was to see if the errors
produced by the Singaporean children could be attributed to Mother Tongue influences,
to influences from Singaporean English or if they showed similar patterns to those
produced by native English speaking spellers at similar stages. The paper found the
errors produced in the Primary 2 classes to be influenced by phonology and thus
influence from Singaporean English, but found both classes different from their native speaking counterparts in the way they processed final inflected clusters.
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CRP 9/03 MR
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