Getting to the root: young writers' sensitivity to the role of root morphemes in the spelling of inflected and derived words.

@article{Deacon2006GettingTT,
  title={Getting to the root: young writers' sensitivity to the role of root morphemes in the spelling of inflected and derived words.},
  author={S. H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Deacon and P. Bryant},
  journal={Journal of child language},
  year={2006},
  volume={33 2},
  pages={401-17}
}
The English orthography is morphophonemic: spellings encode both morphemes and phonemes. Questions of the starting point and extent of young children's understanding of the link between morphemes and spelling are important for theories of spelling development. We conducted two experiments to address these issues. In Experiment 1, 65 six- to eight-year-old English-speaking children spelled just the first sections of inflected, derived and control words. Their spelling of these first segments was… CONTINUE READING

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