Lower prosodic sensitivity in Chinese children with dyslexia and its impact on Chinese reading

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Abstract

The current study aims to examine prosodic sensitivity in Chinese children with dyslexia and its relation to Chinese reading in children with and without dyslexia. A total of 172 Chinese children from third grade to sixth grade in Taiwanese primary schools were recruited. Thirty (14 male) children were identified as having dyslexia, and the remaining children (N = 142; 67 male) were typically developing children matched with those with dyslexia as carefully as possible with respect to school, grade, and gender. Our results indicated that group differences were found for all three types of prosodic sensitivity. Moderation analyses showed that group had no significant interaction with prosodic sensitivity in predicting Chinese reading, so the participants in the two groups were combined in the following analyses. The results of the stepwise regression analyses showed that only lexical tone awareness could significantly predict Chinese character reading after controlling for phonological awareness, while only intonation awareness could significantly predict reading comprehension after controlling for Chinese character reading. The results provide preliminary evidence on the issue of prosodic sensitivity in Chinese children with dyslexia and its role in Chinese reading, which might provide a novel approach to the teaching of Chinese languages. Copyright © 2022 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-358
JournalDyslexia
Volume28
Issue number3
Early online date05 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022

Citation

Wang, L.-C., Liu, D., Kwan-Chen, L. L.-Y., Chung, K. K.-H., & Chen, J.-K. (2022). Lower prosodic sensitivity in Chinese children with dyslexia and its impact on Chinese reading. Dyslexia, 28(3), 342-358. doi: 10.1002/dys.1720

Keywords

  • Chinese character reading
  • Dyslexia
  • Intonation
  • Lexical tone
  • Reading comprehension

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