Examining the independent contribution of prosodic sensitivity to word reading and spelling in early readers

Holliman, A.J., Gutiérrez Palma, N., Critten, S., Wood, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-1492-6501, Cunnane, H. and Pillinger, C., 2017. Examining the independent contribution of prosodic sensitivity to word reading and spelling in early readers. Reading and Writing, 30 (3), pp. 509-521. ISSN 0922-4777

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Abstract

This study was designed to examine the independent contribution of prosodic sensitivity – the rhythmic patterning of speech – to word reading and spelling in a sample of early readers. Ninety-three English-speaking children aged five to six years old (M = 69.28 months, SD = 3.67) were assessed for their prosodic sensitivity, vocabulary knowledge, phonological, and morphological awareness (predictor variables) along with their word reading and spelling (criterion variables). Bivariate (zero-order) correlation analyses revealed that prosodic sensitivity was significantly associated with all other variables in this study. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that after controlling for individual differences in vocabulary, phonological, and morphological awareness, prosodic sensitivity was still able to explain unique variance in word reading, but was unable to make an independent contribution to spelling. The findings suggest that prosodic sensitivity gives added value to our understanding of children’s reading development.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Prosody and early literacy
Publication Title: Reading and Writing
Creators: Holliman, A.J., Gutiérrez Palma, N., Critten, S., Wood, C., Cunnane, H. and Pillinger, C.
Publisher: Springer
Date: March 2017
Volume: 30
Number: 3
ISSN: 0922-4777
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1007/s11145-016-9687-zDOI
9687Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 26 Jul 2017 15:44
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 11:21
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31301

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