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ERIC Number: EJ774751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0922-4777
Morphological Awareness and Learning to Read Chinese
Chung, Wei-Lun; Hu, Chieh-Fang
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v20 n5 p441-461 Jul 2007
This study investigated the nature of morphological awareness and its relation to learning to read Chinese characters among 46 Chinese-speaking preschool children. The children took a morphological awareness task, which varied in semantic transparency and morpheme position. Children's vocabulary knowledge and extant character reading ability were measured. Additionally, a character learning task was administered. Results showed that children's performances on morphological awareness were affected by semantic transparency but not by morpheme position. Morphological awareness was related to vocabulary knowledge when partialling out character reading ability but not to character reading ability after partialling out vocabulary knowledge. The results of the character learning task further revealed that morphological awareness was related to character identification in the words that were just taught but not to character identification in the words that were not taught or in pseudowords. The relation between morphological awareness and character identification ceased to be significant when partialling out the variance in children's prior knowledge of the characters to be learnt. Taken together, the findings suggested that vocabulary knowledge may play a more important role than reading ability in the initial development of morphological awareness and that the facilitative effect of morphological knowledge in reading does not seem to be significant in the very initial stages of reading acquisition. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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