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Speech repetition abilities in children who differ in reading skill.

Authors
  • Brady, S
  • Poggie, E
  • Rapala, M M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Language and speech
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1989
Volume
32 ( Pt 2)
Pages
109–122
Identifiers
PMID: 2630838
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A previous study (Brady, Shankweiler, and Mann, 1983) demonstrated inferior speech repetition abilities for poor readers with degraded stimuli. The present study, in contrast, used clear listening conditions. Third-grade average and below-average readers were tested on a word repetition task with monosyllabic, multisyllabic, and pseudoword stimuli. No group differences were obtained on speed of responding, and the lack of reaction time differences between reading groups was corroborated on a control task which measured verbal response time to nonspeech stimuli. However, below average readers were significantly less accurate at repeating the multisyllabic and pseudoword stimuli. This evidence is compatible with the hypothesis that encoding difficulties contribute to the memory deficits characteristic of poor readers.

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