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Análise Psicológica

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MARTINS, Margarida Alves  and  SILVA, Ana Cristina. Os nomes das letras e a fonetização da escrita . Aná. Psicológica [online]. 1999, vol.17, n.1, pp.49-63. ISSN 0870-8231.

The psychogenetic perspective on written language development proposed by Ferreiro, seems to present some gaps concerning the processes inherent to the transistion between different conceptual levels. In this article, we aim to contribute for the understanding of the processes underlying the transition between the syllabic hypothesis and the first steps on writing phonetization among kindergarten children. We start from the hypothesis that childrens’ knowledge about the name of the letters interact with the analysis that syllabic children, who still do not phonetize the writing, make of the word oral segments, allowing them to achieve a written production where the oral sounds start to be represented by conventional letters. On the contrary, we expect that pre-syllabic children do not achieve this conceptual level. Of the 38 children who participated, 23 were syllabic and 15 pre-syllabic. We asked them to write a set of words where the initial sound of each one of them coincides with the one of the name of a letter known by the child, as well as a set of control words. Overall, findings suggest that, in contrast with pre-syllabic children, the introduction of facilitating words of an analysis of the correspondences between oral and writing, prompt the syllabic children to phonetize this initial sound.

Keywords : Written language; letters' name; conceptual levels.

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