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ERIC Number: EJ978604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1076-9242
Sensitivity to Lexical Stress in Dyslexia: A Case of Cognitive Not Perceptual Stress
Barry, Johanna G.; Harbodt, Silke; Cantiani, Chiara; Sabisch, Beate; Zobay, Oliver
Dyslexia, v18 n3 p139-165 Aug 2012
Sensitivity to lexical stress in adult German-speaking students with reading difficulty was investigated using minimal pair prepositional verbs whose meaning and syntax depend on the location of the stressed syllable. Two tests of stress perception were used: (i) a stress location task, where listeners indicated the location of the perceptually most prominent syllable, and (ii) a stress pattern identification task, where listeners indicated if the stress pattern was appropriate for its semantic frame. The students with reading difficulties performed worse than the normally reading students on both tasks. Their poorer performance did not reflect the lack of a percept for lexical stress rather patterns of performance across the two tasks suggested that each loaded onto different underlying cognitive abilities. Deficits in these, rather than perceptual difficulties, explained observed group differences. Students with reading difficulties have a normal implicit knowledge of lexical stress usage but lack the necessary cognitive resources for developing an explicit metalinguistic awareness of it. Deficits in these skills not deficiencies in lexical stress perception are implicated in their reading difficulties. (Contains 4 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale