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The first book written about spelling acquisition in Hebrew
Provides the most comprehensive and detailed model linguistically-based of Hebrew orthography
Integrates, for the first time, linguistic insights and developmental psycholinguistic evidence for the acquisition of spelling
An indispensable guide for students, scholars, and practitioners in learning about Hebrew spelling and morphology in development
Modern Hebrew is a highly synthetic Semitic language—its lexicon is rich in morphemes. This volume supplies the first in-depth psycholinguistic analysis of the interaction between morphological knowledge and spelling in Hebrew. It also examines how far this model can be applied to other languages. Anchored to a connectionist, cognitive, cross-linguistic and typological framework, the study accords with today’s perception of spelling as being much more than a mere technical skill. Contemporary psycholinguistic literature views spelling as a window on what people know about words and their structure. The strong correlation between orthographies and morphological units makes linking consistent grammatical and lexical representation and spelling units in speaker-writers a key research goal. Hebrew’s wealth of morphological structures, reflected in its written form, promotes morphological perception and strategies in those who speak and write it, adding vitality and relevance to this work.
Foreword .- Introduction: A Linguist’s Journey Towards Written Language .- Chapter 1: The Psycholinguistics of Spelling: Phonology and Beyond .- Chapter 2: Morphological Scaffolding in Learning to Spell: A Cross-linguistic Review .- Chapter 3: Spelling, Lexicon and Morphology .- Chapter 4: Historical and Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Hebrew .- Chapter 5: The Hebrew Phonology-orthographic Infrastructure .- Chapter 6: Morpho-orthographic Infrastructure .- Chapter 7: Root and Function Letters .- Chapter 8: The Phono-morpho-orthographic AHWY אהו"י Juncture .- Chapter 9: Spelling Cues in Nominals .- Chapter 10: Spelling Cues in Nominal Inflection .- Chapter 11: Spelling Cues in Verb Formation .- Chapter 12: Conclusion: The Psycholinguistics of Hebrew Spelling .- Subject index