ERIC Number: EJ697729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
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The Relation between Children's Reading Comprehension Level and Their Comprehension of Idioms
Cain, K.; Oakhill, J.; Lemmon, K.
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v90 n1 p65-87 Jan 2005
We report an investigation of 9-year-olds' ability to interpret idioms in relation to their reading comprehension level. We manipulated whether the idioms were transparent or opaque, whether they were real or novel, whether they were presented in isolation or in a supportive narrative context. As predicted, children were better able to explain the meanings of idioms in context than in isolation. The good and poor comprehenders did not differ in their abilities to interpret transparent idioms in context, but the poor comprehenders were significantly worse at using context to work out the meanings of opaque idioms. The explanation task revealed the source of information used by the children to derive nontarget interpretations. We discuss these findings in relation to idiom processing strategies and Levorato and Cacciari's global elaboration model.
Descriptors: Context Effect, Reading Comprehension, Language Patterns, Language Processing, Task Analysis, Children, Reading Difficulties
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Reading)