Assessing direct contributions of morphological awareness and prosodic sensitivity to children’s word reading and reading comprehension

Helene Deacon, Andrew Holliman, Graeme Dobson, Emily Harrison

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We examined the independent contributions of prosodic sensitivity and morphological awareness to word reading, text reading accuracy, and reading comprehension. We did so in a longitudinal study of English-speaking children (N = 70). At 5–7 years of age, children completed the metalinguistic measures along with control measures of phonological awareness and vocabulary. Children completed the reading measures 2 years later. Morphological awareness but not prosodic sensitivity made a significant independent contribution to word reading, text reading accuracy, and reading comprehension. The effects of morphological awareness on reading comprehension remained after controls for word reading. These results suggest that morphological awareness needs to be considered seriously in models of reading development and that prosodic sensitivity might have primarily indirect relations to reading outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-534
JournalScientific Studies of Reading
Issue number6
Early online date26 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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