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ERIC Number: ED079683
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 181
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An Investigation of Syntactic Abilities in Normal and Dyslexic Children.
Vogel, Susan Ann
Syntactic abilities in oral language of twenty normal and twenty dyslexic second grade boys were investigated. The major hypothesis was that dyslexic children with reading comprehension difficulties are deficient in oral syntax. The concept of syntax was subdivided into five categories: (1) recognition of melody pattern, (2) recognition of grammaticality, (3) comprehension of syntax, (4) sentence repetition, and (5) syntax and morphology in expressive language. Syntactic measures were selected or devised to assess functions in these five categories. Reading ability, receptive vocabulary, and auditory memory span for words and digits were also assessed. The results of the analyses indicated that dyslexic children with reading comprehension difficulties are deficient in oral language syntax. The findings also confirmed the psycholinguistic theory of reading and validated the importance of syntactic information in reading comprehension. (Author/DI)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Northwestern University