, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 285-294
Date: 19 Nov 2011

Prosodic Awareness Skills and Literacy Acquisition in Spanish

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There has been very little research in Spanish on the potential role of prosodic skills in reading and spelling acquisition, which is the subject of the present study. A total of 85 children in 5th year of Primary Education (mean age 10 years and 9 months) performed tests assessing memory, stress awareness, phonological awareness, reading and spelling. In written language tests, errors were classified as phonological (grapheme-to-phoneme conversion rules) or stress-related (placement of the stress mark). Regression analyses showed that, once memory and phonological awareness were controlled, stress awareness partially explained reading and spelling performance as well as error type; however, differences were found between reading and spelling errors. These results show a relationship between prosodic skills—namely stress sensitivity—and the acquisition of reading and spelling skills that seems to be independent of phonological awareness skills.