It's using the homophone but is there a name for that kind of spelling error in Child Writing Acquisition? The whole phrase is:

After that we Played with are inten do will".

Of course there are several other errors in this!

(This is in relation to my English Language course)

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    I like the creative way of writing "Nintendo Wii" :), but I also believe the child capitalizes the stresses, which is unusual.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Mar 31, 2016 at 7:56
  • What is Child Writing Acquisition?
    – dwjohnston
    Mar 31, 2016 at 7:58
  • @Mari-LouA Looking back at the source, it isn't clear whether the 'll' at the end of Wii are capital 'i's or lowercase 'l's.
    – Eleanor
    Apr 1, 2016 at 8:05
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    I suppose it's a homophonic mistranslation, but I like to call them Mondegreens, especially when they're funny. (Technically a Mondegreen involves song lyrics, but I haven't found a better general term.)
    – Adam Liss
    Apr 2, 2016 at 20:06
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    Just as an aside, I note that, in Pirate-speak, "Arrrr, arr arrs arr arrrnj" means "I say, our oars are orange."
    – Sven Yargs
    May 18, 2016 at 3:00

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I'd call it a malapropism, the use of an incorrect word in place of a word with a similar sound resulting in a nonsensical utterance. In a strict sense, a malapropism occurs in spoken language. Also, we tend to think of them as humorous as in these written and spoken examples provided by Melissa Bowersock. Still, it's the aptest term of which I know for substituting 'are' and 'our' since it's a nonsensical usage that arises from a similarity of sound.

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