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Rational analysis of reading: Identifying optimal representations and the implications for reading instruction

Grant reference: RES-000-22-2448

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Simplifying reading : applying the simplicity principle to reading
Debates concerning the types of representations that aid reading acquisition have often been influenced by the relationship between measures of early phonological awareness (the ability to process speech sounds) and later reading ability. Here, a complementary approach is explored, analyzing how the functional utility of different representational units, such as whole words, bodies (letters representing the vowel and final consonants of a syllable), and graphemes (letters representing a phoneme) may change as the number of words that can be read gradually increases. Utility is measured by applying a Simplicity Principle to the problem of mapping from print to sound; that is, assuming that the “best” representational units for reading are those which allow the mapping from print to sounds to be encoded as efficiently as possible. Results indicate that when only a small number of words are read whole-word representations are most useful, whereas when many words can be read graphemic representations have the highest utility.
Abstract
10.1111/j.1551-6709.2010.01134.x
English

Primary contributor

Author Janet Vousden

Additional contributors

Author Michelle Ellefson
Author Jonathan Solity
Author Nick Chater

Keywords

reading acquisition; simplicity; reading instruction; grapheme-to-phoneme correspondences

Additional details

35
1
Yes
0364-0213
Wiley-Blackwell
01 January 2011
34-78
Chichester
Post-print
Cognitive science : a multidisciplinary journal

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Harvard

Vousden, Janet et al (2011) Simplifying reading : applying the simplicity principle to reading. Cognitive science : a multidisciplinary journal. 35 (1), pp. 34-78 Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Vancouver

Vousden Janet et al. Simplifying reading : applying the simplicity principle to reading. Cognitive science : a multidisciplinary journal 2011; 35 (1): 34-78.