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How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: The relationship between listening comprehension of text and sentences in preschoolers: Specific or mediated by lower and higher level components?
Author: Elena Florit
Institution: Università degli Studi di Padova
Author: Maja Roch
Institution: Università degli Studi di Padova
Author: Levorato M. Chiara
Institution: Università degli Studi di Padova
Linguistic Field: Psycholinguistics
Abstract: Two studies explored the relation between listening comprehension of text and listening comprehension of sentences in preschoolers aged 4 to 5 years, 11 months. The first study analyzed this relationship taking into account the role of lower level components, namely, word knowledge and verbal working memory, as possible mediators. These components specifically accounted for listening text comprehension, whereas sentence comprehension did not. Given that sentences forming a text are not processed in isolation but in context, the second study explored the role of the ability to use linguistic context, a higher level component, in listening comprehension of text and sentences. Listening sentence comprehension was facilitated by the use of context, which accounted for individual differences in listening text comprehension. Overall, results showed that listening text comprehension is related to lower level as well as higher level components, whereas listening sentence comprehension does not play a specific role.


This article appears IN Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 34, Issue 2.

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