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A phonogram based word list for reading and spelling : based on the Harris-Jacobson basic elementary reading vocabularies

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Title: A phonogram based word list for reading and spelling : based on the Harris-Jacobson basic elementary reading vocabularies
Author: Schooley, Ardelle Laurene
Degree Master of Arts - MA
Program Language and Literacy Education
Copyright Date: 1982
Abstract: The purpose of the study was to reanalyze the graded word lists of the "Harris-Jacobson Basic Elementary Reading Vocabularies" according to phonogram components to provide a phonogram-based word list in graded format. The methodology of the study required a three step process. First, all of the words of the Harris-Jacobson "Basic Elementary Reading Vocabularies" list were typed into a computer in grade level format. Phonograms from the Durrell-Murphy "Phonogram List" were entered in the computer. The graded word lists and the phonogram files were then combined by the computer to create graded word lists based on the occurrence of phonogram letter sequence. The second step involved a hand processing of the computer lists to match letter sequences representing the phonograms with consistent phonogram sounds. The final step of the study provided a word count for the occurrence of each phonogram at each grade level and a total word count for the frequency of occurrence of each phonogram across grades. A list of phonograms that produced fewer than five words across grades was prepared. The completed phonogram-based word list is comprised of 5,943 words with 232 phonogram entries. Sixty phonograms or 21 per cent of the Durrell-Murphy "Phonogram List" were omitted because the frequency of words in which these occurred was fewer than five words.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/22989
Series/Report no. UBC Retrospective Theses Digitization Project [http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/retro_theses/]
Scholarly Level: Graduate

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