Reading and Writing

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 277–302 | Cite as

Rapid processing of base and derived forms of words and grades 4, 5 and 6 children's spelling

  • Chen Kan Leong


This paper emphasizes the productive aspect of morphological processingand the effect on spelling proficiency in 226 grades 4, 5 and 6 children. Two convergent studies using reaction time measures aimed at exploring ten- to twelve-year old spellers' sensitivity to, and knowledge of, derivational morphology with lexical items varying in orthographic and phonological transparency and opacity. There is some evidence, from the accurate and rapid vocal production of base forms or derived forms of source words in sentential contexts, that the depth of segmentation to base morphology and the converse process of derived morphology of words, plays a role in spelling performance of these children. There are complex orthographic, phonological and semantic factors affecting morphological processing.

Base Derived forms of morphology Grades 4, 5 & 6 children Rapid processing Spelling performance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chen Kan Leong
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  1. 1.College of EducationUniversity of Saskatchewan, SaskatoonSaskatchewanCanada

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