Ana Ulicheva

Affiliation: 
University of London
Talk Title: 
The psychology of correspondence between writing and morphology
Event Type: 
Brown Bag Talk
Semester: 
Fall 2016
Date: 
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 1:00 pm
Location: 
Seminar Room

Abstract: Recent work by Berg and Aronoff (2016) suggests that spelling is not a mere reflection of sound, but it also conveys meaningful morphological information. For example, suffix +ous is “reserved” for adjectives ending in /╔Ęs/. Is this a general property of the English writing system? To this end, I will present the results of a larger-scale analysis of English orthography. Then I will discuss possible psychological effects of this systematicity, and how we can test whether skilled adult readers unconsciously make use of morphological information encrypted in English spelling.