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Well, it turns out there is some related research, but there are complications because spelling & writing is harder to investigate (compared to syllogisms, for instance)... Spelling relies on two sets of processes, depending on word frequency (for a review, see Tainturier and Rapp, 2001; Bonin, 2003). For frequent words, the letter sequence is ...


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TLDR: if it's a "graphotactic" mistake that children could make (and it is), adults could make it under time pressure, distraction etc. A technical term for your kind of error is "phonologically plausible error" (PPE) This is rather speculative, but I suspect that having two different spelling sets/rules for things that sound the same is the main reason. ...


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John Fields in his 2003 psycholinguistics textbooks says: Note that the there -> their example is not a spelling error - the writer is fully aware of the difference between the two forms; but, under the pressure of writing, one form (often the more frequent one) is substituted for the other. And he is correct about the relative corpus frequency of ...


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