Reading different orthographic structures in the shallow-pointed Hebrew script: a cross-grade study in elementary school

Reading different orthographic structures in the shallow-pointed Hebrew script: a cross-grade... Hebrew-speaking children learn to read using a transparent, pointed writing system, but by grade three, they gradually begin using the non-pointed version of Hebrew script. The current study examined the development of reading, in the pointed script, of a nationally representative sample of children in grades two, four, and six. Rate and accuracy for four different pointed orthographic structures: letter-diacritic mark combinations, legal pseudowords, illegal pseudowords, and real words, were collected. Results show linear development for all structure types with respect to reading rate. In decoding real words and legal pseudowords, accuracy shows linear development. For illegal pseudowords and most of the letter-diacritic mark combinations, however, children in grades two and six were more accurate than those in grade four, indicating non-linear developmental trends. Results from this study support the need for both universal as well as orthography-specific models of reading development. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Reading and Writing Springer Journals

Reading different orthographic structures in the shallow-pointed Hebrew script: a cross-grade study in elementary school

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Subject
Linguistics; Language and Literature; Psycholinguistics; Education, general; Neurology; Literacy
ISSN
0922-4777
eISSN
1573-0905
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11145-011-9314-y
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Abstract

Hebrew-speaking children learn to read using a transparent, pointed writing system, but by grade three, they gradually begin using the non-pointed version of Hebrew script. The current study examined the development of reading, in the pointed script, of a nationally representative sample of children in grades two, four, and six. Rate and accuracy for four different pointed orthographic structures: letter-diacritic mark combinations, legal pseudowords, illegal pseudowords, and real words, were collected. Results show linear development for all structure types with respect to reading rate. In decoding real words and legal pseudowords, accuracy shows linear development. For illegal pseudowords and most of the letter-diacritic mark combinations, however, children in grades two and six were more accurate than those in grade four, indicating non-linear developmental trends. Results from this study support the need for both universal as well as orthography-specific models of reading development.

Journal

Reading and WritingSpringer Journals

Published: Apr 28, 2011

References

  • The role of vowels in reading Semitic scripts: Data from Arabic and Hebrew
    Abu-Rabia, S

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