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ERIC Number: EJ1133177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0736-9387
Morphology and Spelling in French Students with Dyslexia: The Case of Silent Final Letters
Quémart, Pauline; Casalis, Séverine
Annals of Dyslexia, v67 n1 p85-98 Apr 2017
Spelling is a challenge for individuals with dyslexia. Phoneme-to-grapheme correspondence rules are highly inconsistent in French, which make them very difficult to master, in particular for dyslexics. One recurrent manifestation of this inconsistency is the presence of silent letters at the end of words. Many of these silent letters perform a morphological function. The current study examined whether students with dyslexia (aged between 10 and 15 years) benefit from the morphological status of silent final letters when spelling. We compared, their ability to spell words with silent final letters that are either morphologically justified (e.g., "tricot," "knit," where the final "t" is pronounced in morphologically related words such as" tricoter," "to knit" and "tricoteur" "knitter") or not morphologically justified (e.g., "effort," "effort") to that of a group of younger children matched for reading and spelling level. Results indicated that the dyslexic students' spelling of silent final letters was impaired in comparison to the control group. Interestingly, morphological status helped the dyslexics improve the accuracy of their choice of final letters, contrary to the control group. This finding provides new evidence of morphological processing in dyslexia during spelling.
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Language: English
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