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A cross-sectional study of prosodic sensitivity and reading difficulties

Holliman, Andrew J.; Wood, Clare and Sheehy, Kieron (2012). A cross-sectional study of prosodic sensitivity and reading difficulties. Journal of Research in Reading, 35(1) pp. 32–48.

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In this cross-sectional study, we explore the relationship between prosodic sensitivity (suprasegmental phonology) and phonological awareness (segmental phonology) and investigate whether a group of poor readers display significant suprasegmental phonological deficits in comparison to chronological age-matched controls and younger, reading age-matched controls. Phonological awareness assessments were administered along with a battery of prosodic sensitivity assessments drawn from recent literature. The results showed that poor readers were outperformed by their chronological age-matched counterparts on all measures of prosodic sensitivity. A significant main effect of group was found on the revised stress mispronunciations task and the stress assignment task from the prosodic assessment battery, the former of which remained even after controlling for individual differences in receptive vocabulary and measures of phonological awareness. Significant relationships were also found between measures of prosodic sensitivity and phonological awareness (especially phoneme awareness). These findings emphasise the importance of both segmental and suprasegmental phonological skills in children's reading development.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 United Kingdom Literacy Association
ISSN: 0141-0423
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Childhood Youth and Sport Group (CYSG)
Item ID: 21558
Depositing User: Kieron Sheehy
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2010 10:12
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2017 12:18
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