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U (touch) Sound Word List with the “ou” Spelling

By Rodney Everson

Four of the five basic code vowel sounds, /e/, /i/, /o/, and /u/, have one or two alternative spellings. The /u/ sound has only one, ou.

Of the 7,000 words in the database constructed from a popular children’s dictionary, two of them are one-syllable words in which the vowel sound /u/ is not spelled just "u".

The "ou" spelling of the /u/ sound is not well-represented in one-syllable words in the database, only young and touch, but it occurs more frequently in multisyllable words, particularly in those ending in "ous" (nervous).

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Comprehensive Word Lists

Features over 100 word lists built from 7,000 words input from a children's dictionary. Lists are organized by vowel and consonant sounds and cover most common spellings. Useful in the classroom for building curriculum aids such as short stories that emphasize specific sounds and spellings. Multisyllable words are also included, chunked according to the method taught in the OnTrack Reading Advanced Code Phonics Workbook.