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ERIC Number: EJ850918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Metalexical Awareness: Development, Methodology or Written Language? A Cross-Linguistic Comparison
Kurvers, Jeanne; Uri, Helene
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v35 n4 p353-367 Jul 2006
This study explores the ability to access word boundaries of pre-school children, using an on-line methodology (Karmiloff-Smith, Grant, Sims, Jones, & Cockle (1996). "Cognition, 58", 197-219.), which has hardly been used outside English-speaking countries. In a cross-linguistic study in the Netherlands and Norway, four and five-year-old children were asked to repeat the last word every time a narrator stopped reading a story. In total 32 target-words were used, both closed and open class words, and both monosyllabic and disyllabic words. The outcomes in both countries were different from those of the original English study (Karmiloff-Smith et al., 1996): four- and five-year-olds were successful in only about 26% of the cases, whereas the success rate in the former English experiment was 75% for the younger and 96% for the older children. No differences were found between age groups and between open and closed class words. This methodology does reveal the ability to access word boundaries, but probably not because of the ease of the on-line methodology in itself, but rather because literacy introduces new representations of language, even in on-line processing. The outcomes implicate that the ability to mark word boundaries does not seem to be a valid indication of who is ready for reading.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands; Norway