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Development of a test battery for assessing phonological awareness in German-speaking children

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Blanca Schaefer


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The development of phonological awareness (PA), the ability to reflect on the sound structure of words independent of their meaning, has been extensively explored in English-speaking children. However, this is not the case for other languages. The aim of this study was to develop a comprehensive PA test battery for German-speaking preschool children, considering psycholinguistic, linguistic and cognitive aspects and to carry out analysis of its psychometric properties. Cross-sectional data from a sample of 55 children (CA 4;0-6;11 years) were collected. Preliminary findings confirm validity and reliability of the test battery and support previous findings that PA develops from larger to smaller linguistic units. Phoneme-level tasks were consistently associated with letter knowledge. The new instrument is a promising tool for basic research (e.g. cross-linguistic comparisons of PA development) as well as for clinical and educational practice (e.g. planning speech and language therapy or literacy-oriented intervention).

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Author(s): Schaefer B, Fricke S, Szczerbinski M, Fox-Boyer AV, Stackhouse J, Wells B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics

Year: 2009

Volume: 23

Issue: 6

Pages: 404-430

Print publication date: 01/01/2009

ISSN (print): 0269-9206

ISSN (electronic): 1464-5076

Publisher: Informa Healthcare


DOI: 10.1080/02699200902770187


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