The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 1–13 | Cite as

Some contingencies of spelling

  • Vicki L. Lee
  • Gwenda M. Sanderson


This paper presents some speculation about the contingencies that might select standard spellings. The speculation is based on a new development in the teaching of spelling—the process writing approach, which lets standard spellings emerge collateral to a high frequency of reading and writing. The paper discusses this approach, contrasts it with behavior-analytic research on spelling, and suggests some new directions for this latter research based on a behavioral interpretation of the process writing approach to spelling.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vicki L. Lee
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gwenda M. Sanderson
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of EducationMonash UniversityClaytonVictoriaAustralia
  2. 2.Arrendell Primary Education CenterUSA

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