Article published in:Generative Linguistics and Acquisition: Studies in honor of Nina M. Hyams
Edited by Misha Becker, John Grinstead and Jason Rothman
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 54] 2013
► pp. 271–290
Metalinguistic skills of children
This chapter addresses the metalinguistic skills of children from three perspectives. (1) The use of children’s ability to make judgments of grammaticality and reference to test hypotheses about their grammatical knowledge. (2) The development of children’s metalinguistic skills in middle childhood. (3) The fact that some metalinguistic skills are associated with early reading ability. It is proposed that metalinguistic skills such as ambiguity detection engage psycholinguistic processing abilities that are crucial for reading success. It is suggested that tests and training of metalinguistic skills involving lexical retrieval and creation of syntactic structure can be used as part of reading readiness programs and remedial reading curricula. Keywords: Metalinguistic skills; linguistic competence; linguistic performance; reading; lexical retrieval; sentence structure
Published online: 18 April 2013
Cited by 1 other publications
van den Herik, Jasper C.
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