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ERIC Number: EJ818195
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 97
ISSN: ISSN-0169-0965
Morphological Decomposition Based on the Analysis of Orthography
Rastle, Kathleen; Davis, Matthew H.
Language and Cognitive Processes, v23 n7-8 p942-971 Nov 2008
Recent theories of morphological processing have been dominated by the notion that morphologically complex words are decomposed into their constituents on the basis of their semantic properties. In this article we argue that the weight of evidence now suggests that the recognition of morphologically complex words begins with a rapid morphemic segmentation based solely on the analysis of orthography. Following a review of this evidence, we discuss the characteristics of this form of decomposition, speculate on what its purpose might be, consider how it might be learned in the developing reader, and describe what is known of its neural bases. Our discussion ends by reflecting on how evidence for semantically based decomposition might be (re)interpreted in the context of the orthographically based form of decomposition that we have described. (Contains 3 figures, 1 table and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom