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Reading strategies in English by adults whose first language is Spanish

Pitts, Barbara and Hanley, J Richard (2010) 'Reading strategies in English by adults whose first language is Spanish.' European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 22 (4). pp. 596-611. ISSN 0954-1446

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The performance of nine Spanish speakers on tests of single-word reading and phonological awareness in English was examined and compared to that of monolingual adults and to that of monolingual children of similar reading ability. Even though the Spanish participants had several years experience of reading and writing in English and performed well at reading nonwords, they showed little evidence of phonological processing strategies when reading familiar words. For example, they performed relatively poorly at written rhyme judgements despite good performance on tests of phonological awareness. When compared to monolingual English children, the Spanish speakers made fewer phonological errors on tests of visual lexical decision and written homophone definition. Unlike the children, they showed no evidence of a regularity effect in reading. Only on unfamiliar words did they show evidence of phonological processing in reading. Possible explanations of this pattern of performance are discussed. © 2009 Psychology Press.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Orthography; Transparency; Bilingualism; L2 reading
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2011 15:52
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 11:00

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