The role of phonology, morphology, and orthography in English and Russian spelling. Academic Article uri icon


  • The purpose of the present study was to explore the role of phonology, morphology and orthography in predicting the spelling performance in English-speaking and Russian-speaking children. Tests that tap phonology, morphology and orthography were administered to students in grades 4 and 6 in the USA and Russia. Multiple regression analyses showed that phonology and morphology contributed more for spelling of English words while orthography and morphology contributed more to the spelling of Russian words. The results are explained in terms of the orthographic nature of English and Russian languages as well as the instructional practices and the importance of morphology in spelling in both the languages.

published proceedings

  • Dyslexia

altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Boulware-Gooden, R., Joshi, R. M., & Grigorenko, E.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Boulware-Gooden, Regina||Joshi, R Malatesha||Grigorenko, Elena

publication date

  • May 2015