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Academic Paper


Title: Roles of morphological awareness in the reading comprehension of Spanish-speaking language minority learners: Exploring partial mediation by vocabulary and reading fluency
Author: Michael J. Kieffer
Institution: Columbia University
Author: Gina Biancarosa
Institution: University of Oregon
Author: Jeanette Mancilla-Martinez
Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
Linguistic Field: Psycholinguistics
Subject Language: English
Spanish
Abstract: This study investigated the direct and indirect roles of morphological awareness reading comprehension for Spanish-speaking language minority learners reading in English. Multivariate path analysis was used to investigate the unique contribution of derivational morphological awareness to reading comprehension as well as its indirect contributions via three hypothesized mediators for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade (N = 101). Results indicated a significant unique contribution of morphological awareness, controlling for phonemic decoding, listening comprehension, reading vocabulary, word reading fluency, and passage reading fluency. Results further indicated significant indirect contributions of morphological awareness via reading vocabulary and passage fluency, but not via word reading fluency. Findings suggest that morphological awareness may play multiple important roles in second-language reading comprehension.

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This article appears IN Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 34, Issue 4.

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