Term of Art: Word Recognition

“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.

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