Reading in a root–based–morphology language: The case of Arabic

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    The reading process in Arabic as a function of vowels and sentence context is reviewed. Reading accuracy and reading comprehension results are reviewed in the light of cross–cultural reading, in order to develop a more comprehensive reading theory. Phonology, morphology and sentence context are considered key variables in explaining the reading process in Arabic orthography. Phonology (in the form of short vowels) affects reading accuracy as well as reading comprehension, regardless of reading level, age, material and reading conditions. Initial visual–orthographic processing identifies the morphology (i.e. the triliteral/quadriliteral roots of Arabic words) which then enables access to the mental lexicon. Sentence context is also essential in reading Arabic orthography regardless of the reader’s level, age, material and reading condition. The phonology, morphology and sentence context of Arabic are presented in two suggested reading models for poor/beginner Arabic readers and for skilled Arabic readers. United Kingdom Reading Association 2002.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)299-309
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Research in Reading
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Oct 2002

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Psychology (miscellaneous)


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