Since the passing of the initial discussion yesterday I've been looking into psychological explanation of this area of language/phonetics.
The term for this is called "Orthography", which is defined as:
Orthography - a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols (princeton WordNet Search - 3.0
There is a peer reviewed psychological research journal done in 2004 by.. copy and pasting here:
THE QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, 2004, 57A (3), 385–417
Orthographic structure and deaf spelling errors: Syllables, letter frequency, and speech
Andrew C. Olson, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
Alfonso Caramazza, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Purpose: to find if spelling mistakes are done due to phonetic errors (orthographic mistakes), if so, the deaf ignore that rule.
-The study used 23 deaf students from Gallaudet with -85 dB hearing loss or higher, the max was 115db, the least 85db.
-19 of them used ASL for communication at home,
-03 participants they had no info on
(doesn't say if they were Deaf or oral/mainstream environment, or late deafened that I'm noticing so far)
-The study used 100 hearing participants from high school grades 10, 11, and 12, aged 15-18 in Lincoln High School, Nebraska.
Results.. I'll leave this blank for now because I don't want to make a wrong impression. Read it for yourself below if you are interested:
I have copied the PDF onto my site, and I thikn it is legally redistributable so if you'd like to read into it (beware, it's long and 34 pages - I'm not even done reading it yet) take a gander here:
2004 research on deaf spelling
I've also attempted to contacted Dr. Marshack via email.. who is now at RIT.. Hopefully he can give me some answers when he is not busy too.
Bott, in this sentence!