ERIC Number: EJ899259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
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Syntactic Awareness and Reading Ability: Is There Any Evidence for a Special Relationship?
Applied Psycholinguistics, v28 n4 p679-694 Oct 2007
Syntactic awareness has been linked to word reading and reading comprehension. The predictive power of two syntactic awareness tasks (grammatical correction, word-order correction) for both aspects of reading was explored in 8- and 10-year-olds. The relative contributions of vocabulary, grammatical knowledge, and memory to each were assessed. After vocabulary, memory explained variance on the word-order correction task; in contrast, grammatical knowledge explained performance on the grammatical correction task. The relation between syntactic awareness and reading comprehension was mediated by vocabulary, grammatical knowledge, and memory; in contrast, word reading and syntactic awareness shared unique variance not explained by these controls. The implications for how we measure syntactic awareness and its relation with reading ability are discussed.
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Metalinguistics, Memory, Reading Ability, Syntax, Prediction, Error Correction, Grammar, Children, Task Analysis, Correlation
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