Relations between awareness of morphosyntactic structures in Chinese compound words and reading abilities: A short report

Kai Yan Lau, Yuan Liang, Man Tak Leung

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Abstract

This is a short report of the investigation of the relationship between awareness of morphosyntactic structures in Chinese compound words and reading abilities on 268 fourth graders studying in three mainstream schools in Shenzhen. All children were assessed using reading and cognitive tasks including rapid automatized naming, phonological, orthographic and morphological awareness. A compound production task using pseudo compound words with different morphosyntactic structures in the first and second levels as stimuli was also conducted. Results of ANOVA indicated that main effect of first level morphosyntactic structures, main effect of second level morphosyntactic structures and interaction effects between the two were significant. Children’s awareness of different morphosyntactic structures were affected by frequency of usage of individual morphosyntactic structures in the language. Results of hierarchical regression analyses revealed that the awareness of morphosyntactic structures in Chinese compound words is strongly associated with Chinese reading abilities. Theoretical and clinical implications were discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-641
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Linguistics and Phonetics
Volume31
Issue number7-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2017

Keywords

  • Chinese
  • morphological awareness
  • morphosyntax
  • reading

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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