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Children's spelling of base, inflected, and derived words: Links with morphological awareness


Kemp, NM, Children's spelling of base, inflected, and derived words: Links with morphological awareness, Reading and Writing, 19, (7) pp. 737-765. ISSN 0922-4777 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11145-006-9001-6


Two studies examined whether young children use their knowledge of the spelling of base words to spell inflected and derived forms. In Study 1, 5- to 9-year-olds wrote the correct letter (s or z) more often to represent the medial /z/ sound of words derived from base forms (e.g., noisy, from noise) than to represent the medial /z/ sound of one-morpheme control words (e.g., busy). In Study 2, 7- to 9-year-olds preserved the spelling of /z/ in pseudoword base forms when writing ostensibly related inflected and derived forms (e.g., kaise-kaisy). In both studies, the children’s tendency to preserve the spelling of /z/ between base and inflected/derived words was related to their performance on analogy tasks of morphological awareness. These findings add to the growing body of evidence that children recognise and represent links of meaning between words from relatively early in their writing experience, and that morphological awareness facilitates the spelling of morphologically complex words.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Children, Derived words, Inflected words, Morphological awareness, Spelling
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Educational psychology
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kemp, NM (Associate Professor Nenagh Kemp)
ID Code:40966
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:54
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2012-03-05
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