What young children do and do not know about the spelling of inflections and derivations.

@article{Deacon2005WhatYC,
  title={What young children do and do not know about the spelling of inflections and derivations.},
  author={S. H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Deacon and P. Bryant},
  journal={Developmental science},
  year={2005},
  volume={8 6},
  pages={583-94}
}
Morphemes have a powerful impact on the spellings of words in English. We report on two experiments examining young children's knowledge of the effect of suffix morphemes on spelling. In Experiment 1, 5- to 8-year-olds demonstrated awareness of the role of inflections, but not derivations in spelling. Experiment 2 examined whether children might show an understanding of the impact of derivations on spelling when they are provided with the specific spelling pattern. There was support for this… CONTINUE READING

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