One of the most efficient ways to build vocabulary is through the lexical matrix. Let's take a look at some examples of this using the base element <ject>. At the beginning of last year, I thought about the structures of written English as building from a letter to a paragraph. If it is on a … Continue reading Rejecting Standard Vocabulary
An analysis of a set of homophones can yield far more interesting results when using the four questions from the Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) framework as a guide, as opposed to just phonics rules for pronunciation or sight word memorization. Let's take a look at the homophones: buy, bye and by It is difficult to … Continue reading Buy, Bye, By
There is a long-held belief that the <-tion> / <-sion> letter strings at the ends of words are in fact suffixes. This belief is wrong. Consider the following examples: action, option, construction, injection, vision, fusion, explosion, expansion Now, let's analyze them according to both the bogus phonics syllable division rules and the actual morphemic structure … Continue reading Debunking the -tion / -sion Myth
My cousin and I had some guests for dinner the other night and we were discussing a pesto sauce she was using that was sans pine nuts. She spent a few extra minutes at the store reading ingredients to find one because she knows I am allergic to them. This got me thinking about all … Continue reading Are You Nuts?
An investigation of the word photograph can lead to a plethora of new words and deeper understandings of English orthography if using the four questions from Structured Word Inquiry (Bowers and Kirby 2010): What does it mean? A photograph is a pictorial representation made physical. Ansel Adams once said that you take a picture, but you make a … Continue reading Is A Photograph Worth A Thousand Words?