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ERIC Number: ED163430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Linguistic Structure, Memory and Reading.
Pike, Ruth
The relationship between developing oral language skills and reading skills was examined in a study involving 65 fifth and sixth grade children. The subjects' reading ability was tested on the comprehension and accuracy scales of a standardized reading test. The oral language measure was a recall task for verbal material of varying linguistic content. The results showed that skilled readers differed from poorer readers in their use of semantic and syntactic information rather than in verbal memory span and that there may be no general relation between oral and written language but rather relationships between specific language variables and specific reading tasks. In addition, the ability to utilize syntactic information appeared to be a performance-limiting factor in reading comprehension. The findings suggest that some children may fail to progress in reading because they are delayed in the ability to recognize and exploit syntactic structure. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York City, April 1977)