Constraints on Spelling Changes
  • ISSN 1387-6732
  • E-ISSN: 1570-6001
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The distinction between deep and shallow orthographies is a central issue in studies of alphabetic writing. This paper aims to contribute to the debate on the relative merits of these by investigating how the coronal plosives [d] and [t] map onto the corresponding letters d and t. It turns out that an interesting asymmetry exists in word medial position in Dutch: both experienced users and children learning to write Dutch prefer ds over ts. Several mutually not always exclusive alternative explanations are provided. The fact that the d-preference is sensitive to phonological and morphological distinctions and may be influenced by speech rate, suggests that a deep orthographic representation might be the better option.


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