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ERIC Number: EJ937589
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
The Development of Whole-Word Representations in Compound Word Processing: Evidence from Eye Fixation Patterns of Elementary School Children
Haikio, Tuomo; Bertram, Raymond; Hyona, Jukka
Applied Psycholinguistics, v32 n3 p533-551 2011
The role of morphology in reading development was examined by measuring participants' eye movements while they read sentences containing either a hyphenated (e.g., "ulko-ovi" "front door") or concatenated (e.g., "autopeli" "racing game") compound. The participants were Finnish second, fourth, and sixth graders (aged 8, 10, and 12 years, respectively). Fast second graders and all four and sixth graders read concatenated compounds faster than hyphenated compounds. This suggests that they resort to slower morpheme-based processing for hyphenated compounds but prefer to process concatenated compounds via whole-word representations. In contrast, slow second graders' fixation durations were shorter for hyphenated than concatenated compounds. This implies that they process all compounds via constituent morphemes and that hyphenation comes to aid in this process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 4; Grade 6
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland