The Role of Self-Teaching in Learning Orthographic and Semantic Aspects of New Words

@article{Ricketts2011TheRO,
  title={The Role of Self-Teaching in Learning Orthographic and Semantic Aspects of New Words},
  author={Jessie Ricketts and Dorothy V. M. Bishop and Hannah Pimperton and Kate Nation},
  journal={Scientific Studies of Reading},
  year={2011},
  volume={15},
  pages={47 - 70}
}
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