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Syntactic awareness and reading ability: is there any evidence for a special relationship?

Cain, Kate (2007) Syntactic awareness and reading ability: is there any evidence for a special relationship? Applied Psycholinguistics, 28 (4). pp. 679-694. ISSN 1469-1817

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    Abstract

    Syntactic awareness has been linked to word reading and reading comprehension (Tunmer & Bowey, 1984). The predictive power of two syntactic awareness tasks (grammatical correction, word-order correction) for both aspects of reading was explored in eight- and ten-year-olds. The relative contributions of vocabulary, grammatical knowledge, and memory to each were assessed. After vocabulary, memory explained variance on the word-order correction task; in contrast grammatical knowledge explained performance on the grammatical correction task. The relation between syntactic awareness and reading comprehension was mediated by vocabulary, grammatical knowledge, and memory; in contrast, word reading and syntactic awareness shared unique variance not explained by these controls. The implications for how we measure syntactic awareness and its relation with reading ability are discussed.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Applied Psycholinguistics
    Uncontrolled Keywords: syntactic awareness ; grammatical knowledge ; working memory ; vocabulary ; reading comprehension
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
    ID Code: 847
    Deposited By: Dr Kate Cain
    Deposited On: 14 Dec 2007 15:00
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 15:22
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/847

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