Morphological Awareness, Vocabulary Knowledge, Lexical Inference, and Text Comprehension in Chinese in Grade 3

  • Chan Lü


This chapter details a study that examined the relationship among morphological awareness, vocabulary knowledge, lexical inference skills, and text comprehension in Chinese. The participants were a group of third grade children and were assessed with researcher designed tasks of vocabulary size and depth, lexical inference skills and comprehension of science texts in Chinese, all designed based on materials used in their Chinese curriculum. The results found that lexical inference skills mediated the contribution from compound awareness to depth of vocabulary knowledge in Chinese, and that vocabulary depth, compound awareness and lexical inference skills jointly contributed to text comprehension in Chinese. The findings highlight the importance of morphological awareness in Chinese literacy development, and also assert the need for more research on morphological awareness and academic literacy development among students in Chinese immersion programs.


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  • Chan Lü
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  1. 1.Asian Languages and LiteratureUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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