ERIC Number: ED212994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Reading Achievement and Linguistic Stages: A Comparison of Disabled Readers and Chomsky's 6- to 10-Year-Olds.
Alvermann, Donna E.
To assess and then compare stages of language acquisition in disabled readers with those identified by Chomsky in a study of normal readers, a study examined (1) whether the order of emergence of certain syntactic structures is the same for six to ten-year old disabled readers as it was for Chomsky's normal readers, (2) whether there are differences between disabled readers and Chomsky's normal readers in their comprehension of these syntactic structures, (3) whether the number of subjects at each of the five linguistic stages differs according to type of reader, and (4) the extent to which measures of reading exposure, reading achievement, age, IQ, and socioeconomic status relate to stages of linguistic development in disabled readers. The listening comprehension of sixty disabled readers was tested on all five of Chomsky's syntactic structures. The children and their parents were also interviewed to obtain an estimate of the children's reading background and current reading ability. Results showed that disabled readers differed significantly from normal readers in the number of syntactic structures comprehended and the number of subjects at each of the five linguistic stages. Only the syntactic complexity level of material read or listened to correlated significantly with the linguistic state of development. No relationship was found between linguistic state of development and any of the following: reading achievement, age, IQ, and socioeconomic status. (Author/HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (31st, Dallas, TX, December 2-5, 1981).