Special issue editorial: Advances in understanding the role of morphemes in literacy development

Helen Breadmore, Kyle C. Levesque, S Hélène Deacon

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    This special issue, Advances in Understanding the Role of Morphemes in Literacy Development, is composed of one narrative review and 11 empirical papers that contribute new theoretical and empirical evidence to our understanding of how morphemes influence reading and spelling development. Here, we summarise key findings from these papers in terms of what they tell us about the multidimensional nature of morphological knowledge and how morphological information is processed at different levels, including across developmental changes and languages. Throughout this discussion, we draw out the implications for education and highlight targeted areas for further research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-9
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Research in Reading
    Issue number1
    Early online date5 Jan 2021
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2021

    Bibliographical note

    This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: [Breadmore, H, Levesque, KC & Deacon, SH 2021, 'Special issue editorial: Advances in understanding the role of morphemes in literacy development', Journal of Research in Reading, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 1-9], which has been published in final form at [https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9817.12346]. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.

    This document is the author’s post-print version, incorporating any revisions agreed during the peer-review process. Some differences between the published version and this version may remain and you are advised to consult the published version if you wish to cite from it.


    • morphology
    • reading comprehension
    • spelling
    • word reading
    • writing

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Psychology (miscellaneous)


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