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ERIC Number: EJ879802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 20
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ISSN: ISSN-0922-4777
Lexical-Semantic Reading in a Shallow Orthography: Evidence from a Girl with Williams Syndrome
Barca, Laura; Bello, Arianna; Volterra, Virginia; Burani, Cristina
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v23 n5 p569-588 May 2010
The reading skills of a girl with Williams Syndrome are assessed by a timed word-naming task. To test the efficiency of lexical and nonlexical reading, we considered four marker effects: Lexicality (better reading of words than nonwords), frequency (better reading of high than low frequency words), length (better reading of short than long words), and contextuality (better reading of words with one-to-one grapheme-to-phoneme mapping than words with context-sensitive graphemes). Results suggested that this girl has failed to develop efficient orthography-to-phonology mappings and is dependent upon a lexical-semantic reading procedure in which a word's pronunciation is activated after its meaning is obtained.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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