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ERIC Number: EJ1133482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Syllabic Parsing in Children: A Developmental Study Using Visual Word-Spotting in Spanish
Álvarez, Carlos J.; Garcia-Saavedra, Guacimara; Luque, Juan L.; Taft, Marcus
Journal of Child Language, v44 n2 p380-401 Mar 2017
Some inconsistency is observed in the results from studies of reading development regarding the role of the syllable in visual word recognition, perhaps due to a disparity between the tasks used. We adopted a word-spotting paradigm, with Spanish children of second grade (mean age: 7 years) and sixth grade (mean age: 11 years). The children were asked to detect one-syllable words that could be found at the beginning of pseudo-words, with the boundary between the word and the remaining letters being manipulated. The end of the embedded word could either match the syllabic boundary (e.g. the word "FIN" in the pseudo-word "FINLO," where the syllable boundary is between "N" and "L") or not (e.g. "FINUS," where the syllable boundary is located between "I" and "N"). The results showed that children of both grades were faster in the syllabic than the non-syllabic condition, and that the magnitude of this effect was the same regardless of reading ability. The results suggest an early universality in the use of syllables in Spanish, regardless of reading level.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain
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