They look similar, but they are different: Reading two morphological structures of Hebrew nouns

Schiff, R.
This study examined the influence of two specific Hebrew nominal
morphological structures on the accurate reading of Hebrew
nouns. The study also analysed and categorized the reading errors
within each nominal structure. All 24 nouns in this study looked
similar, inasmuch as they were all four-lettered and ended with the
final vowel letter [HI. Yet they were of two different morphological
structures. Twelve were feminine nominal derivations, and 12 were
feminine possessive optional inflections. The focus of the study
was to discern if this difference was reflected in the respondents'
reading accuracy and whether grade level had any effects. In
addition, error types were analysed by morphology and grade
level. The results of this study show that both reading accuracy
and the type of errors are affected by morphological complexity
and grade level. Thus, even in a shallow orthography such as
vocalized Hebrew, morphological complexity seems to play an
integral role in reading accuracy and error types at different grade

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