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ERIC Number: ED123592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Pages: 9
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On Linguistic Structure and Reading Comprehension.
O'Donnell, Roy C.
Stella Center's belief in the basic importance of grammatical structure as a factor in reading comprehension substantiated the author's theory that the ability to comprehend syntactic structure is positively correlated with the ability to comprehend meaning. Original instruments devised to test this hypothesis included a test which utilized nonsense words arranged in conventional English sentence patterns, the "Perception of Alternate Structures Test" (PAST), and the "Agnate Sentences Test" (AST). Herbert Simon's "Deep Structure Recovery Test" (DSRT) was also used. Generally, it was noted that tests depending on nonsense vocabulary correlated less highly than those utilizing conventional vocabulary with reading comprehension tests. From this research, an eclectic model of language consisting of basal, operative, and expressive components is formulated to further explain the role of syntactic understanding in reading comprehension. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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