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Title: Morphological analysis in learning to read pseudowords in Hebrew
Author: Amalia Bar-On
Institution: Tel Aviv University
Author: Dorit Diskin Ravid
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Homepage: http://www.tau.ac.il/education/homepg/dorit-ravid.htm
Institution: Tel Aviv University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics
Subject Language: Hebrew
Abstract: This paper examines the role of morphology in gradeschool children's learning to read nonpointed Hebrew. It presents two experiments testing the reading of morphologically based nonpointed pseudowords. One hundred seventy-one Hebrew-speaking children and adolescents in seven age/schooling groups (beginning and end of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 11th grade) and a group of adults participated in the study. Participants were administered two tasks of reading aloud nonpointed pseudowords with morphological composition: words in isolation and words in sentential context. Results pinpoint the developmental milestones on the way to efficient nonpointed word recognition in Hebrew: learning to use morphological pattern cues to fill in missing phonological information, where second grade is an important “watershed” period; and overcoming homography by learning to detect morphosyntactic cues, an ability that develops more gradually and over a longer period than pattern recognition.

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