Preliterate phonological awareness and early literacy skills in Turkish
Babayigit, S. and Stainthorp, R. (2007) Preliterate phonological awareness and early literacy skills in Turkish. Journal of Research in Reading, 30 (4). pp. 394-413. ISSN 0141-0423
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9817.2007.00350.x
The role of preschool phonological awareness in early reading and spelling skills was investigated in the transparent orthography of Turkish. Fifty-six preschool children (mean age=5.6 years) were followed into Grade 2 (mean age=7.6 years). While preschool phonological awareness failed to make any reliable contribution to future reading skills, it was the strongest longitudinal correlate of spelling skills measured at the end of Grades 1 and 2. Overall findings suggested that phonological awareness may be differentially related to reading and spelling, and that spelling is a more sensitive index of phonological processing skills. In this study, verbal short-term memory emerged as the most powerful and consistent longitudinal correlate of reading speed. This finding raised important questions about the component processes of reading speed, and the role of memory and morphosyntactic skills in an agglutinative and transparent orthography such as Turkish.