This study investigated the strength of lexical and non-lexical processing among Arabic-English speaking children, in two writing systems that vary in their transparency. 532 Arabic-speaking children participated in this study. Children were assessed using word reading, phonological, vocabulary and orthographic measures.
Findings showed that the contribution of lexical-phonological variables to reading, gradually changed based on the orthographic depth. The contribution of lexical route was similar in vowelized and unvowelized orthographies with a slight advantage for the unvowelized orthography.
Findings corroborate the view that the lexical-phonological routs involvement varies between languages, depending on their depth. Findings demonstrate the necessity of reconsidering vowelization as the sole criterion for determining the orthographic transparency/depth continuum of Arabic. Findings highlights enriching children in standard Arabic.
Abeer Asli-Badarneh, The Arab Academic College of Education-Haifa, Israel
Ibrahim Asadi, The Arab Academic College of Education, Israel