Thursday, August 14, 2008

Literacy and Word Play

Popularized forms of word play are both entertaining and instructive. While the unusual word combinations accomplished by reversing and rearranging sounds and syllables can "tickle the funny bone," an important learning is taking place. Phonological awarness of the sound system of our English language is considered to be an important literacy skill. While children and adults engage in a variety of word play strategies, they are exercising their verbal linguistic skills which
are likely to support their developing "literacy" as it relates to reading, writing, and spelling skills.

"Spoonerisms" popularized by radio announcers, authors, public speakers, and teachers are probably the most well-known of word play strategies. For a more extensive treatment of this topic, read and download my article: Why Word Play? Visit and on my page locate this link: >Articles
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