Morphological processing before and during children's spelling

Helen Breadmore, S Hélène Deacon

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Our understanding of spelling development has largely been gleaned from analysis of children’s accuracy at spelling words under varying conditions and the nature of their errors. Here, we consider whether handwriting durations can inform us about the time course with which children use morphological information to produce accurate spellings of root morphemes. Six- to 7-year-old (n = 23) and 8- to 11-year-old (n = 25) children produced 28 target spellings in a spelling-to-dictation task. Target words were matched quadruplets of base, control, inflected, and derived words beginning with the same letters (e.g., rock, rocket, rocking, rocky). Both groups of children showed evidence of morphological processing as they prepared their spelling; writing onset latencies were shorter for two-morpheme words than control words. The findings are consistent with statistical learning theories of spelling development and theories of lexical quality that include a role of morphology.

LanguageEnglish
Pages178-191
Number of pages14
JournalScientific Studies of Reading
Volume23
Issue number2
Early online date6 Aug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2019

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Scientific Studies of Reading on 06/08/2018, available
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