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Title: Phonological Processing Abilities and Reading Competence
Subtitle: Theory and Evidence
Written By: Guangze Li
Series Title: Europäische Hochschulschriften - Volume 354
Description:

Phonological processing abilities specifically include three distinct but
related components: phonological awareness, phonological memory, and rapid
naming. The knowledge of interrelationships between phonological processing
abilities and reading development has led to an improved understanding of
the nature of the reading process. However, numerous studies have produced
inconsistent results regarding the independence of rapid naming in
predicting L1 and L2 word reading. There is also controversy over the
conceptualization of rapid naming. This book aims to rethink theoretically
the nature of phonological processing abilities and their link to reading
and examine empirically the relationship of phonological processing
abilities to component skills of reading competence, with a focus on the
relation of rapid naming and reading skills. The Lexical Quality Hypothesis
and Model of Information Processing are introduced as the theoretical
frameworks for analysis first, and then both the cross-sectional approach
and the quasi-experimental approach are adopted to address the key research
questions. The book concludes by discussing theoretical implications of the
findings, contributions and limitations of the study, and suggestions for
further research.

Contents:

Phonological processing abilities - Phonological awareness - Phonological
memory - Rapid naming - L1 word reading - L2 word reading - Reading
competence - Theoretical formulation - Lexical representation perspective -
Information processing perspective - Cross-sectional approach - Factor
analysis - Structural equation modelling - Quasi-experimental approach -
Theoretical significance.

Guangze Li is a lecturer in the School of Foreign Languages at Fujian
Normal University (China). He received his PhD in Linguistics and Applied
Linguistics from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in 2009. His
research interests focus on psycholinguistics, second language reading,
bilingualism, and research methodology.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Phonology
Psycholinguistics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034303941
Pages: 265
Prices: U.S. $ 69.95
U.K. £ 40.60
Europe EURO 45.10