The representation of internal word structure in English

P. T. Smith, T. R. Meredith, H. M. Pattison, C. M. Sterling

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This paper examines writing systems in English with a view to identifying ways in which internal word structure can be usefully encoded. In addition to English orthography, we consider abbreviatory conventions and shorthand systems. This survey suggests special status for the first syllable of a word and for inflection. In the second half of the paper we examine psychological models that have been proposed to account for readers' abilities to exploit internal word structure, via syllabic or morphemic parsing. One of the main conclusions is that most experimental work in this area is suspect, because of inadequately selected stimulus materials.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrthographies and Reading
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from Cognitive Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Linguistics
EditorsL. Henderson
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781351607094
ISBN (Print)9781138092440
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


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