The role of phonological and morphological awareness in L2 oral word reading

Author
Schiff, R.
Lecturer
In this study, 57 fifth-grade native Hebrew speakers performed orthographicphonological
awareness, morphological awareness, and oral word reading tasks in both
Hebrew (first language [L1]) and English (second language [L2]). The results of the
language-specific task scores in the two languages reflect, with certain qualifications,
participants' L1 proficiency and the language proximity of particular language features.
The more similar the language feature (linear morphology), the more positive the crosslanguage influence; conversely, the less similar the language feature (phonology), the
less positive the influence. Hebrew (L1) language-specific task scores related to English
(L2) word reading. In addition, Hebrew (L1) and English (L2) word reading scores were
only related when Hebrew orthographic-phonological and/or morphological awareness
was low. In contrast, when the (L1) Hebrew orthographic-phonological and morphological
awareness scores were high, there was no correlation between Hebrew and English
word reading

Schiff, R., & Calif, S. (2007).

The role of phonological and morphological awareness in L2 oral word reading. Language Learning, 57 (2), 271-298. 

 

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