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ERIC Number: ED136242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 15
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Psycholinguistic Strategies as a Factor in Estimating the Readability of Written Texts.
Baldwin, R. Scott
Fifty-six third graders were randomly assigned to two treatment groups, in a study of the relationship between clause structure and the readability of written texts. The treatment groups read sets of passages which were identical except for certain word-order modifications. The dependent variables were silent- and oral-reading comprehension, rate of oral reading, and number of intonation miscues generated at clause boundaries. Treatment groups differed at the .01 level in silent-reading comprehension and number of intonation miscues; no significant differences were obtained for rate or comprehension during oral reading. Specific clause-analysis strategies derived from speech perception theory were proposed, to account for the experimental effects. It was concluded that clause-analysis strategies should be a factor in explaining the syntactic complexity of written materials. (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, New York, April 1977)