Reading and Writing

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 303–335 | Cite as

Morphological analysis, phonological analysis and learning to read French: a longitudinal study

  • Séverine Casalis
  • Marie-France Louis-Alexandre


This paper presents a longitudinal study, from kindergarten to secondgrade, which aims to examine the relationship between morphologicalanalysis, phonological analysis and learning to read. Three phonologicalawareness tasks, five derivational and four inflectional subtests wereadministered to fifty children at each of the three levels. Evolution ofperformance was analyzed through the three years. Data showed that withthe exception of two subtests, performance increased from kindergarten tofirst grade and from first grade to second grade, without reaching ceilingperformance in second grade, at least for morphological subtests. Linksbetween morphological and phonological analyses were very strong: inparticular, syllable segmentation was highly correlated with themorphological subtests in kindergarten while phonemic segmentation wascorrelated with morphological subtests in first and second grade. Therewere also strong links between morphological analysis and reading.Regression analyses showed that while phonological awarenessexplained a major part of variance in first grade, both phonologicaland morphological scores explained significant part of variance of bothdecoding and comprehension reading scores in second grade. Thus, thislongitudinal study contributes to the evidence of a link between bothphonological and morphological analysis and learning to read French.

Morphological analysis Phonological awareness Reading acquisition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Séverine Casalis
    • 1
  • Marie-France Louis-Alexandre
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Psychologie CognitiveVilleneuve d'AscqFrance
  2. 2.Laboratorie de Psychologie CogntiiveVilleneuve d'AscqFrance

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