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: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Applied Psycholinguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/bf
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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: 24 Aug 2019 00:47
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/847

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