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Early Spelling : From Convention to Creativity - Gunther Kress

Early Spelling

From Convention to Creativity

Paperback Published: 23rd June 1999
ISBN: 9780415180665
Number Of Pages: 256
For Ages: 18 years old

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In his latest book, Gunther Kress explores how children learn to spell in the context of current concerns about early literacy. Using numerous examples of children's writing and drawing, Kress looks at children as 'makers of meaning' and explores their earliest ventures into writing.
Kress covers problems such as dyslexia within today's educational system. Technological aids on spelling and writing such as spell-checkers and the effects of the increasing visualization of communication (computer, TV, film) are also discussed.

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..."a fresh and exciting contribution to a long-standing debate." -Ros Ivanic, Lancaster University ..."a stimulating and timely book." -Written Language and Literacy

Prefacep. ix
Sources and contextp. xv
List of phonetic symbols used in the bookp. xviii
Introductionp. 1
So what is spelling?p. 1
Routes into spellingp. 5
Spelling in a changing worldp. 8
Why, and why now?p. 10
The contemporary debatep. 10
Education, literacy and the economyp. 13
Spellingp. 16
Technology and cultural changep. 25
A framework for thinking about the issuesp. 27
What is this thing called language?p. 27
Visible languagep. 52
Standard language, dialects and spellingp. 70
A very brief history of the English language: the illogicality of spellingp. 71
Language and spellingp. 79
The many meanings of spellingp. 80
The commonsense, and a different view: spelling as making meaningp. 80
'Copying'p. 101
Form as meaning; meaning as formp. 126
What do children try to spell?p. 134
The boundaries of spelling: making a mark to make a meaningp. 134
What gets spelled?p. 138
The abstractness of children's spellingp. 148
The look of spellingp. 166
The sound of spellingp. 194
The nature of talkingp. 194
Doing what comes naturally: losing the sounds of speechp. 195
Working against nature: using the tools of culture to make meaningp. 197
Making sure the sound is beautiful: spelling for aesthetic effectp. 212
Spelling to meanp. 212
A brief glossary of termsp. 229
Bibliographyp. 233
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780415180665
ISBN-10: 041518066X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 23rd June 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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