Title

Development of Print Awareness in Language-Disordered Preschoolers.

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Speech and Hearing Research

Volume

28

Issue

4

Publication Date

1985

First Page

521

Last Page

526

Abstract

This study examined print awareness and related oral languageabilities in language-disordered and normally developing preschoolers.Twenty subjects, ages 3:1 to 6:5 (years:months), were shownhigh frequency environmental print in four conditions varyingin the amount of non-print information present in the printsetting. They were asked to match the print to the object thatit signified and to provide verbal labels for the same objects.Results indicated that normal-language children were respondingmeaningfully to print settings that contained reduced non-printcues while the language-disordered subjects were not. Generallanguage ability was correlated with print awareness, but knowledgeof specific oral lexemes was not necessary for accurate printresponses. Parent questionnaire data suggested that group differencesdid not result from differential prior experience with the printitems. Results are discussed with reference to hypothesizedrelationships between oral and written language.

Comments

Published by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research. Publisher PDF is available through link above. Publisher requires a subscription to access article.

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