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ERIC Number: EJ812087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1076-9242
Morphological Constancy in Spelling: A Comparison of Children with Dyslexia and Typically Developing Children
Bourassa, Derrick C.; Treiman, Rebecca
Dyslexia, v14 n3 p155-169 Aug 2008
The spellings of many English words follow a principle of morphological constancy. For example, "musician" includes the c of "music", even though the pronunciation of this letter changes. With other words, such as "explanation" and "explain", the spellings of morphemes are not retained when affixes are added. We asked whether children with dyslexia use root morphemes to aid their spelling of morphologically complex words. If so, they should sometimes produce misspellings such as "explaination" for "explanation". Our results suggest that children with dyslexia adhere to the principle of morphological constancy to the same extent as typically developing younger children of the same spelling level. In this and other ways, the spellings of older dyslexic children are remarkably similar to those of typical younger children. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada