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ERIC Number: EJ774757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0922-4777
Context-Sensitive Rules and Word Naming in Italian Children
Barca, Laura; Ellis, Andrew W.; Burani, Cristina
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v20 n5 p495-509 Jul 2007
The present study examines the role of orthographic complexity on Italian children's word reading. Two experiments are reported in which elementary school children (3rd and 5th graders) read aloud words containing simple or contextual letter-sound conversion rules. In Experiment 1, both groups of participants read words containing contextual rules more slowly and less accurately than words containing simple, non-contextual rules. Experiment 2 showed that the effect of rule complexity held for low but not high frequency words, on both reading speed and accuracy. No interactions with grade were found. This pattern is in line with previous findings on the effects of rule contextuality on adult performance [Burani, C. Barca, L. & Ellis, A. W. (2006). "Psychonomic Bulletin & Review," 13, 346-352]. Despite the regularity of the Italian orthography, the presence of complex rules influences both reading speed and accuracy of young readers. Moreover, the reading system of readers of a shallow orthography seems efficient from the first years of reading instruction. (Contains 4 tables, 4 figures, and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 5
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Language: English
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