Syntactic awareness and verbal performance from preschool to fifth grade

Bowey J.A. (1986) Syntactic awareness and verbal performance from preschool to fifth grade. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 15 4: 285-308. doi:10.1007/BF01067676

Author Bowey J.A.
Title Syntactic awareness and verbal performance from preschool to fifth grade
Journal name Journal of Psycholinguistic Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0090-6905
Publication date 1986-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/BF01067676
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 15
Issue 4
Start page 285
End page 308
Total pages 24
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Subject 3310 Linguistics and Language
3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
3200 Psychology
1203 Design Practice and Management
Abstract Children from preschool to fifth grade were given two independent series of language tasks. The first tested aural sentence memory and was designed to assess children's ability to exploit syntactic structure and semantic cohesion to facilitate sentence recall. The second tested children's syntactic awareness, as reflected in their ability to correct grammatically deviant sentences. Results showed increases with grade level both in children's syntactic awareness and in their use of linguistic structure in sentence recall. Further, syntactic awareness increased with age, independently of vocabulary age. Syntactic awareness was significantly related both to reading achievement and to the use of syntactic structure and semantic structure to facilitate sentence recall, even with the effects of vocabulary age and grade statistically controlled. Although strongly correlated with verbal ability, syntactic awareness appears to constitute a higher-order language skill that is associated with other aspects of verbal performance.
Q-Index Code C1
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