Children reading spoken words : Interactions between vocabulary and orthographic expectancy

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Wegener, Signy, Wang, Hua-Chen, de Lissa, Peter, Robidoux, Serje, Nation, Kate and Castles, Anne. (2018). Children reading spoken words : Interactions between vocabulary and orthographic expectancy. Developmental Science. 21(3), p. Article e12577. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12577
AuthorsWegener, Signy, Wang, Hua-Chen, de Lissa, Peter, Robidoux, Serje, Nation, Kate and Castles, Anne
Abstract

There is an established association between children's oral vocabulary and their word reading but its basis is not well understood. Here, we present evidence from eye movements for a novel mechanism underlying this association. Two groups of 18 Grade 4 children received oral vocabulary training on one set of 16 novel words (e.g., ‘nesh’, ‘coib’), but no training on another set. The words were assigned spellings that were either predictable from phonology (e.g., nesh) or unpredictable (e.g., koyb). These were subsequently shown in print, embedded in sentences. Reading times were shorter for orally familiar than unfamiliar items, and for words with predictable than unpredictable spellings but, importantly, there was an interaction between the two: children demonstrated a larger benefit of oral familiarity for predictable than for unpredictable items. These findings indicate that children form initial orthographic expectations about spoken words before first seeing them in print. A video abstract of this article can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/jvpJwpKMM3E.

Year2018
JournalDevelopmental Science
Journal citation21 (3), p. Article e12577
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN1467-7687
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12577
PubMed ID28701027
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85023192960
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FunderAustralian Research Council (ARC)
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
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Deposited12 Oct 2023
ARC Funded ResearchThis output has been funded, wholly or partially, under the Australian Research Council Act 2001
Grant IDDP150100149
ES/M009998/1
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