Introduction to the special issue: Morphology in word identification and word spelling

Introduction to the special issue: Morphology in word identification and word spelling 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- Reading and Writing Springer Journals

Introduction to the special issue: Morphology in word identification and word spelling

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