Exploring the role of bases and suffixes when reading familiar and unfamiliar words: evidence from French young readers

Pauline Quémart, Severine Casalis, Lynne G. Duncan

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    Abstract

    We examined whether French third- and fifth-grade children rely on morphemes when recognizing words and whether this reliance depends on word familiarity. We manipulated the presence of bases and suffixes in words and pseudowords to compare their contribution in a lexical decision task. Both bases and suffixes facilitated word reading accuracy and speed across all grades, even though the co-occurrence of a base and a suffix reduced the benefit associated to the presence of morphemes in third-grade children. Speed of pseudoword (i.e., unfamiliar word) reading was also influenced by base and suffix, and the combination of these units leaded to a high rate of false alarms. These results bring new evidence of morphological analysis in the reading of French familiar and unfamiliar words.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)424-442
    Number of pages19
    JournalScientific Studies of Reading
    Volume16
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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