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ERIC Number: EJ1133639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0922-4777
Aspects of Pronominal Resolution as Markers of Reading Comprehension: The Role of Antecedent Variability
Elbro, Carsten; Oakhill, Jane; Megherbi, Hakima; Seigneuric, Alix
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v30 n4 p813-827 Apr 2017
This study explored pronominal resolution as a measure of reading comprehension beyond single sentences. Specifically, it was hypothesized that the ability to specify the referents of pronouns like "this" and "these" that have variable antecedents would be a good probe of the quality of the reader's mental model. This idea was tested in a study of 123 French eight-year-olds. After controlling for word decoding, vocabulary and syntactic knowledge, various aspects of pronominal comprehension were found to contribute independent variance to reading comprehension: (1) pronominal knowledge as measured in a pronoun selection task, (2) referent specification of pronouns that refer to protagonists. In addition, (3) referent specification of pronouns (French "y" and "en") with variable antecedents added further independent variance. The results support the idea that the ability to specify referents accounts for unique variance in reading comprehension and may tap the quality of the reader's mental model of preceding text.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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