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Psicologia em Pesquisa

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MOTA, Márcia Maria Peruzzi Elia da  and  FREITAS JUNIOR, Pedro Viana de. Are there different contributions of derivational and flexional morphology to spelling?. Psicol. pesq. [online]. 2014, vol.8, n.2, pp. 144-149. ISSN 1982-1247.

This study investigated the relationship between morphological awareness and spelling of 111 students enrolled in 6th grade of a public school in the urban area of the state of Rio de Janeiro. The adolescents executed two morphological awareness tasks, focusing derivational and flexional morphology, and a spelling task, the sub-test of the School Performance Test. The results of the regressions showed that, for this sample, derivational morphology contributed significantly after the control of age and phonological awareness for spelling, unlike the flexional morphology. The results are discussed in the light of the recent theories on the role of morphemes to spelling.

Keywords : spelling; derivational morphology; flexional morphology; metalinguistic awareness; morphological awareness.

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