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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
Print version ISSN 0102-7972
MOTA, Márcia Maria Peruzzi Elia da et al. Development of morphological awareness in the initial stages of literacy. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.1, pp. 144-150. ISSN 0102-7972. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722011000100017.
Evidence from recent studies has shown that morphological awareness relates to both reading and spelling acquisition. However, the age of acquisition of this ability is still a matter of controversy. Literature review indentifies two groups of researchers: those that think that this development starts late and those for whom it starts early and interacts with schooling. This paper is the first part of a longitudinal study which looks at the development of morphological awareness in Brazilian Portuguese. Five tasks are used to evaluate 6 to 9 year-old children's morphological awareness. The results show that this ability interacts with schooling at an early age.
Keywords : Morphological awareness; Metalinguistic awareness; Morphology; Metalinguistic development.