“word recognition: An ability to apply any number of strategies to recognize and understand a word. Word recognition strategies include:
- configuration—using visual cues such as the shape and size of the word
- context analysis—using surrounding information (including pictures) to predict a word
- sight words—instant recognition of a word without further analysis
- phonemic analysis—‘sounding out’ a word
- syllabication—dividing a word into syllables
- structural analysis—using morphological information such as prefixes, suffixes, and roots”
Excerpted from: Turkington, Carol, and Joseph R. Harris, PhD. The Encyclopedia of Learning Disabilities. New York: Facts on File, 2006.