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Ms Elisabeth Beyersmann -Excellence in Higher Degree Research - Social Sciences, Business and Humanities

READING AND LEARNING TO READ: MORPHOLOGICAL PROCESSING IN CHILDREN AND ADULTS
Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science

Length: 2:01 minutes

 

Written language is one of our main means of communicating with people. Understanding mechanisms involved in language processing and language acquisition are therefore of great practical relevance and theoretical interest. Elisabeth's research investigates a core mechanism of the human reading system: unconscious cognitive processes involved in the reading of morphologically complex words, such as plural formations (tree-s), grammatical person information (walk-s), and past-tense formations (walk-ed), in adults and children. My research advances cognitive theories (i) by identifying mechanisms underlying morphological processing in adults, and (ii) by demonstrating how and at what age in reading development children first acquire morphological knowledge.