The role of morphology and short vowelization in reading arabic among normal and dyslexic readers in grades 3, 6, 9, and 12

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    Abstract

    This study was an investigation of several Arabic reading measures among dyslexics and normal Arabic readers across different ages (grades 3, 6, 9, and 12): the role of morphology, short vowelization (phonological and syntactic skills), spelling, reading isolated words, and reading comprehension. The results of the one-way ANOVAs indicated clear differences between the dyslexic readers and the normal readers on all reading measures. However, the stepwise regression analysis revealed consistent "orthographic" results: morphology (identification and/or production) and spelling were generally the most powerful predictors of both reading accuracy and reading comprehension among dyslexic and normal readers across these different age groups. The results are discussed in terms of the characteristics of the Arabic orthography and the heavy reliance of readers at all levels and ages on "orthographic" factors in reading.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)89-106
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Psycholinguistic Research
    Volume36
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 2007

    Keywords

    • Arabic morphology
    • Arabic orthography
    • Dyslexic readers
    • Normal readers
    • Short vowelization

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
    • Psychology (all)
    • Linguistics and Language

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