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ERIC Number: EJ786009
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0885-2014
Using Morphology when Spelling in a Shallow Orthographic System: The Case of Spanish
Defior, Sylvia; Alegria, Jesus; Titos, Rosa; Martos, Francisco
Cognitive Development, v23 n1 p204-215 Jan 2008
Deep orthographies usually represent morphology and phonology simultaneously; both resources are necessary for spelling. In shallow orthographies, such as Spanish, phonology would be enough to spell most words. However, morphological knowledge may also take part in spelling. This study examined how Spanish children in 1st (N = 148), 2nd (N = 155) and 3rd grade (N = 155) use morphological information to spell plural nouns and verbs. A word dictation task was designed. The task included high and low frequency plural nouns ending in "s" (morphological "-s" condition) and verbs in the 2nd person ending in "s" (morphological "-s" condition). A lexical condition including words with a final "s" which was not morphologically motivated was used as a control condition (lexical "-s" condition). The results show that, although Spanish spelling is influenced by phonology, morphological information is also used. These results are discussed in relation to current models of word spelling.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
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Language: English
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