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This Handbook critically examines research and theoretical issues that impact writing development from the early years through to adulthood. It provides those researching or teaching literacy with one of the most academically authoritative and comprehensive works in the field. With expert contributors from across the world, the book represents a detailed and valuable overview of a complex area of study.

Morphemes and Children's Spelling
Morphemes and children's spelling
What are Morphemic Spelling Rules?

Morphemes are units of meaning. Some words have one such unit, but many have more than one. There is only one morpheme in the adjective ‘glad’, while ‘gladly’, an adverb, and ‘gladness’, a noun, contain two morphemes each. All three words share the same root morpheme, ‘glad’; but the added ‘-ly’ ending in ‘gladly’ and ‘-ness’ in ‘gladness’ turns the first of these two words into an adverb and the second into an abstract noun. The ‘-ly’ and – ness’ endings are affix morphemes and each of them crops up in a large number of words in a rule-like way. Whenever you put ‘-ly’ or ‘-ness’ on the end of an adjective you generate ...

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