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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

Academic Paper

Title: The role of morphological awareness in children's vocabulary acquisition in English
Author: Catherine McBride-Chang
Institution: Chinese University of Hong Kong
Author: Richard K. Wagner
Institution: Florida State University
Author: Andrea Muse
Institution: Florida State University
Author: Bonnie W.-Y. Chow
Institution: Chinese University of Hong Kong
Author: Hua Shu
Institution: Beijing Normal University
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Abstract: Tasks of speeded naming, phonological awareness, word identification, nonsense word repetition, and vocabulary, along with two measures of morphological awareness (morphological structure awareness and morpheme identification), were administered to 115 kindergartners and 105 second graders. In the combined sample, 48% of the variance in vocabulary knowledge was predicted by the phonological processing and reading variables. Morphological structure awareness and morpheme identification together predicted an additional unique 10% of variance in vocabulary knowledge, for a total of 58% of the variance explained; both measures of morphological awareness were uniquely associated with vocabulary knowledge. Results underscore the potential importance of different facets of morphological awareness, as distinct from phonological processing skills, for understanding variability in early vocabulary acquisition.


This article appears IN Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 26, Issue 3.

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