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Spelling Morphology

The Psycholinguistics of Hebrew Spelling

  • No book has ever been written about spelling acquisition in Hebrew

  • Provides the most comprehensive and detailed model linguistically-based of Hebrew orthography

  • Integrates, for the first time, linguistic insights and developmental psycholinguistic evidence for the acquisition of spelling

  • Will serve as an indispensable guide for students, scholars, and practitioners in learning about Hebrew spelling and morphology in development


Part of the Literacy Studies book series (LITS, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Dorit Diskin Ravid
    Pages 57-71
  3. Dorit Diskin Ravid
    Pages 81-96
  4. Dorit Diskin Ravid
    Pages 97-114
  5. Dorit Diskin Ravid
    Pages 115-128
  6. Dorit Diskin Ravid
    Pages 129-139
  7. Dorit Diskin Ravid
    Pages 141-152
  8. Dorit Diskin Ravid
    Pages 153-163
  9. Dorit Diskin Ravid
    Pages 165-178
  10. Dorit Diskin Ravid
    Pages 179-184
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 185-187

About this book


Modern Hebrew is a highly synthetic Semitic language—its lexicon is rich in morphemes. This volume supplies the first in-depth psycholinguistic analysis of the interaction between morphological knowledge and spelling in Hebrew. It also examines how far this model can be applied to other languages. Anchored to a connectionist, cognitive, cross-linguistic and typological framework, the study accords with today’s perception of spelling as being much more than a mere technical skill. Contemporary psycholinguistic literature views spelling as a window on what people know about words and their structure. The strong correlation between orthographies and morphological units makes linking consistent grammatical and lexical representation and spelling units in speaker-writers a key research goal. Hebrew’s wealth of morphological structures, reflected in its written form, promotes morphological perception and strategies in those who speak and write it, adding vitality and relevance to this work.


Cross-linguistic differences Hebrew Morphology Hebrew Orthographic Structure Linear Morphology Non-linear Morphology Psycholinguistic Spelling Acquisition Typological Perspective

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Constantiner School of EducationTel Aviv UniversityTel Aviv, 69978Israel

About the authors

Dorit Ravid is a linguist and psycholinguist working on the acquisition of Hebrew and the development of linguistic literacy at the School of Education and the Department of Communications Disorders, Tel Aviv University. She has published extensively on early and later language acquisition in Hebrew and Arabic, the nature of spelling acquisition, the development of discourse production abilities, and on language learning in special populations.

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