Metalinguistic Awareness in Children

Theory, Research, and Implications

  • William E. Tunmer
  • Christopher Pratt
  • Michael L. Herriman

Part of the Springer Series in Language and Communication book series (SSLAN, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. General consideration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Chris Pratt, Robert Grieve
      Pages 2-11
    3. William E. Tunmer, Michael L. Herriman
      Pages 12-35
    4. Andrew R. Nesdale, William E. Tunmer
      Pages 36-54
  3. Emergence of Metalinguistic Abilities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Andrew R. Nesdale, Michael L. Herriman, William E. Tunmer
      Pages 56-72
    3. Judith A. Bowey, William E. Tunmer
      Pages 73-91
    4. William E. Tunmer, Robert Grieve
      Pages 92-104
    5. Chris Pratt, Andrew R. Nesdale
      Pages 105-125
  4. Related Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Chris Pratt, Robert Grieve
      Pages 128-143
    3. William E. Tunmer, Judith A. Bowey
      Pages 144-168
    4. William E. Tunmer, Marion E. Myhill
      Pages 169-187
    5. Michael L. Herriman, Marion E. Myhill
      Pages 188-205
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 207-238

About this book


In the past fi fteen years there has been a growi ng interest in the development of children's awareness of language as an object in itself -- a phenomenon now generally referred to as metal inguistic awareness. Until the publication of an earlier volume in the Springer Series in Language and Communication, The Chitd's Conoeption oi Language, edited by A. Sinclair, R. J. Jarvella, and W. J. M. Levelt, there had been no systematic treatment of metalinguistic awareness. The major goal of that volume was to map out the field of study by describing the phenomenon of interest and defining major theoretical issues. The aim of the present volume is to present an overview of metalinguistic awareness in children which reflects the current state of research and theory. The volume is divided into three major sections. The first considers various conceptual and methodological issues that have arisen from efforts to study metalinguistic awareness. It addresses such questions as what is metalinguistic awareness, when does it begin to emerge, and what tasks and procedures can be employed to assess its development in young children. The second sect ion cri ti ca 11y revi ews the research that has been conducted i nto the four general types of metalinguistic awareness -- phonologieal, word, syntactic, and pragmatic awareness. In the final section the development of metalinguistic awareness is examined in relation to general cognitive development, reading acquisition, bilingualism, and early childhood education.


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Editors and affiliations

  • William E. Tunmer
    • 1
  • Christopher Pratt
    • 2
  • Michael L. Herriman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EducationThe University of Western AustraliaNedlandsAustralia
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyThe University of Western AustraliaNedlandsAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-69115-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-69113-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-620X
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