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How Children Learn to Write Words$
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Rebecca Treiman and Brett Kessler

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199907977

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199907977.001.0001

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Punctuation and Capitalization

Punctuation and Capitalization

(p.284) Chapter 12 Punctuation and Capitalization
How Children Learn to Write Words

Rebecca Treiman

Brett Kessler

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses punctuation, capitalization, and word separation—aspects of writing that don’t transcribe language directly. Children learn about certain formal patterns involving these matters from an early age. For example, they learn that uppercase letters often appear at the beginning of a text and periods at the end. They learn that, in English, apostrophes often occur before <s>. Patterns that require a high degree of linguistic knowledge take longer to learn. For example, correct use of commas and periods requires an understanding of sentences. Children sometimes fail to separate words as prescribed by their writing system, in part because there are a number of unclear cases. For example, some orthographic traditions do not place a space between a function word and a content word to which it relates, whereas other traditions do. Children’s concept of a word is influenced by experience with a specific writing system.

Keywords:   punctuation, capitalization, word, sentence, period, comma, apostrophe, segmentation, uppercase, concept of word

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