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    Sensitivity to consciousness: the morphological knowledge and model of redescription representational

    Lorandi, A. and Karmiloff-Smith, Annette (2012) Sensitivity to consciousness: the morphological knowledge and model of redescription representational. Letras de Hoje: Estudos e Debates em Linguistica Literature e Lingua Portuguesa 47 (1), pp. 6-16. ISSN 0101-3335.

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    The present investigation is dedicated to the study of the Brazilian Portuguese children’s morphological knowledge and its relation with levels of mental representations as postulated by the Representational Redescription model (KARMILOFF-SMITH, 1992). The data consist of regularized verbal forms, changes of inflectional suffixes as well as lexical novelty (morphological variant forms) taken from spontaneous speech and of three morphological tests, which involve derivation and inflection of nonce words, extraction of nonce base from derived nonce words, and judgment of words as well as a metalinguistic explanation. The survey of the responses reveals morphological knowledge that goes from sensitivity – morphological variant forms – to linguistic awareness – morphology tests. Thus, the data pointed to the plausibility of all the different levels of representation across development. In our view, this work embodies a first step towards an explanation of the mental representations that underlie both the comprehension and production of children’s growing morphological knowledge and goes beyond the simple implicit/explicit dichotomy used in most previous work.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): language acquisition, linguistic awareness, morphology
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2015 15:58
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:18


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