Reading and Writing (2006) 19:643–650 Springer 2006 DOI 10.1007/s11145-006-9010-5 Introduction to the special issue: Morphology in word identiﬁcation and word spelling 1 2 LUDO VERHOEVEN and JOANNE F. CARLISLE Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, Montessorilaan 3, HR 6526, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA Introduction Word identiﬁcation and word spelling involve the decoding and coding of written language forms – that is, the spoken form of a language provides the relevant linguistic units: phonological strings, morphemes, and words. Individual diﬀerences in word reading and word spelling ability can to a large extent be attributed to the degree to which the orthographic, pho- nological, and semantic features that collectively deﬁne a given word are both well represented and well interlocked in memory. For more skilled individuals, this information also includes some tacit knowledge about morphology – spellings, pronunciations, and meanings within both inﬂectional and derivational word families. Experimental evidence has converged on the point that morphological structure is represented in the mental lexicon. Linguistically, an important distinction is made between derivation and inﬂection. For an overview, e.g., see Bybee (1995). The meaning changes that result from inﬂection are largely constrained by the grammatical sys-
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