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Literacy-related differences in morphological knowledge: a nonce-word study

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dc.contributor.author Dąbrowska, Ewa
dc.contributor.author Pascual, Esther
dc.contributor.author Macías-Gómez-Estern, Beatriz
dc.contributor.author Llompart, Miquel
dc.date.accessioned 2023-07-03T06:05:30Z
dc.date.available 2023-07-03T06:05:30Z
dc.date.issued 2023
dc.identifier.citation Dąbrowska E, Pascual E, Macías-Gómez-Estern B, Llompart M. Literacy-related differences in morphological knowledge: a nonce-word study. Front Psychol. 2023;14:1136337. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1136337
dc.identifier.issn 1664-1078
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/57438
dc.description.abstract Using a nonce-word inflection task, we examine the morphosyntactic productivity of adult native speakers of Spanish who are either beginning to learn to read and write (semi-literates) or have acquired literacy in late adulthood (late-literates), as well as age-matched controls (high-literates). High-literates consistently provided the appropriate form more often than late-literates, who in turn were better than semi-literate participants. Crucially, group interacted with person, number, and conjugation, such that the between-group differences were larger for the less frequent cells in the paradigm, indicating that literacy-related differences are not merely a consequence of the high-literacy group being more engaged or test-wise. This suggests that the availability of written representations may facilitate the acquisition of certain aspects of grammar. We also observed vast individual differences in productivity with inflectional endings. These results add to the growing body of research which challenges the assumption that all native speakers converge on the same grammar early in development.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Frontiers
dc.relation.ispartof Frontiers in Psychology. 2023;14:1136337.
dc.rights © 2023 Dąbrowska, Pascual, Macías-GómezEstern and Llompart. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.title Literacy-related differences in morphological knowledge: a nonce-word study
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1136337
dc.subject.keyword literacy
dc.subject.keyword individual differences
dc.subject.keyword morphological productivity
dc.subject.keyword Spanish
dc.subject.keyword verbal morphology/derivation
dc.subject.keyword imperfect
dc.subject.keyword preterite
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