Morphological knowledge and learning to read in English

Authored by: Elfrieda H. Hiebert , Marco Bravo

The Routledge International Handbook of English, Language and Literacy Teaching

Print publication date:  February  2010
Online publication date:  February  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415469036
eBook ISBN: 9780203863091
Adobe ISBN: 9781135183141


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The attention given to phonology has overshadowed that given to morphology. Evidence is substantial, however, that knowledge of morphology is critical for fluid and meaningful reading (Carlisle, 2000; Nagy and Anderson, 1984; Tyler and Nagy, 1990; White et al., 1989). Already in the primary levels of American reading textbooks, compound words and words that contain inflected endings and affixes are prevalent (Hiebert, 2008). The morphological interconnections among words become even more frequent as readers move into the content-area texts of middle grades and beyond (Nagy and Anderson, 1984).

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