This study investigated the performance of prosodic sensitivity among Chinese students from nine to fifteen years as well as its contribution to reading comprehension. For this study, we recruited 181 Chinese children with typical development from 9 to 15 years in Taiwan. Fifty-five were 9–10 years, 53 were 11–12 years, and the other 62 were 13–15 years. They were tested for prosodic sensitivity, phonological processing, Chinese character reading, and reading comprehension. Our results indicated clear age differences in two prosodic sensitivities: – the youngest group performed significantly worse than the other two groups. Additionally, our results showed that prosodic sensitivity significantly contributed to reading comprehension for only the two older groups. Theoretically, our results shed light on the role of prosodic sensitivity, especially above the character level, in Chinese reading comprehension. Teachers and instructors should consider prosodic sensitivity when preparing interventions for reading comprehension. Copyright © 2022 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
CitationWang, L.-C., Xu, Z., Liu, D., Kwan-Chen, L. L.-Y., Chung, K. K.-H., Cho, H.-Y., & Chen, J.-K. (2022). Age differences in the relation between Chinese students’ prosodic sensitivity and reading comprehension: From nine to fifteen years. Cognitive Development, 64. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogdev.2022.101234
- Prosodic sensitivity
- Reading comprehension
- School ages