Morphological Analysis in Learning to Read Pseudowords in Hebrew.

Published on Jul 1, 2011in Applied Psycholinguistics
· DOI :10.1017/S014271641100021X
Amalia Bar-On5
Estimated H-index: 5
(TAU: Tel Aviv University),
Dorit Ravid36
Estimated H-index: 36
(TAU: Tel Aviv University)
This paper examines the role of morphology in gradeschool children's learning to read nonpointed Hebrew. It presents two experiments testing the reading of morphologically based nonpointed pseudowords. One hundred seventy-one Hebrew-speaking children and adolescents in seven age/schooling groups (beginning and end of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 11th grade) and a group of adults participated in the study. Participants were administered two tasks of reading aloud nonpointed pseudowords with morphological composition: words in isolation and words in sentential context. Results pinpoint the developmental milestones on the way to efficient nonpointed word recognition in Hebrew: learning to use morphological pattern cues to fill in missing phonological information, where second grade is an important “watershed” period; and overcoming homography by learning to detect morphosyntactic cues, an ability that develops more gradually and over a longer period than pattern recognition.
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