Processing the Grammatical function of Words in Sentence Reading

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The paper reviews several recent electrophysiological studies by Leikin and Breznitz that investigated the processing of the grammatical function of words by dyslexic and normal Hebrew-speaking adult readers. The findings of the studies showed that among normal and dyslexic readers, processing various elements within sentences may be affected by the grammatical roles of target words. It was found that normal Hebrew-speaking readers tended to utilize a predicate-oriented morphologically based strategy to identify the grammatical function of words. But the morphologically based strategy reaches its full scope only in the presence of the verb, which plays a central role in Hebrew sentences. Apparently, readers use several different procedures to identify a word's grammatical functions. Selection of a particular strategy seems to be influenced by various factors, including the syntactic and lexical-morphological characteristics of the stimuli and the reader's reading skills.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBrain Research in Language
EditorsZvia Breznitz
Place of PublicationBoston, MA
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-387-74980-8
ISBN (Print)978-0-387-74979-2
StatePublished - 2008

Publication series

NameLiteracy Studies: Perspectives from Cognitive Neurosciences, Linguistics, Psychology and Education
PublisherSpringer US
ISSN (Print)2214-000X
ISSN (Electronic)2214-0018


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