Sensorimotor Control of Speech and Children’s Reading Ability

Mark R. van den Bunt, Margriet A. Groen, Steve Frost, Airey Lau, Jonathan Preston, Vincent L. Gracco, Kenneth R. Pugh, Ludo T.W. Verhoeven

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Studies of the role of phonological representations in learning to read have almost exclusively focused on speech perception. In the current study, we examined links between sensorimotor control of speech, reading, and reading-related abilities. We studied two languages, English and Dutch, which vary in the regularity of their spelling-to-sound mappings. There were 236 American and Dutch children, 4 to 8 years old, who performed an altered auditory feedback task in which the first formant of the /ɛ/ vowel was altered. A stronger response to altered feedback for literate relative to preliterate children was observed, and this was particularly the case for the Dutch children. Moreover, the magnitude of the responses was related to precursors of reading in preliterate children and to reading skill in literate children. We propose that these findings could be related to changes in children’s speech production skills that facilitate the integration of orthographic and phonemic information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalScientific Studies of Reading
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StateAccepted/In press - Jul 18 2018

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ability
learning to read
Speech Perception
regularity
English language
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Learning

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  • Psychology (miscellaneous)

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van den Bunt, M. R., Groen, M. A., Frost, S., Lau, A., Preston, J., Gracco, V. L., ... Verhoeven, L. T. W. (Accepted/In press). Sensorimotor Control of Speech and Children’s Reading Ability. Scientific Studies of Reading, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/10888438.2018.1491583

Sensorimotor Control of Speech and Children’s Reading Ability. / van den Bunt, Mark R.; Groen, Margriet A.; Frost, Steve; Lau, Airey; Preston, Jonathan; Gracco, Vincent L.; Pugh, Kenneth R.; Verhoeven, Ludo T.W.

In: Scientific Studies of Reading, 18.07.2018, p. 1-14.

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van den Bunt, MR, Groen, MA, Frost, S, Lau, A, Preston, J, Gracco, VL, Pugh, KR & Verhoeven, LTW 2018, 'Sensorimotor Control of Speech and Children’s Reading Ability', Scientific Studies of Reading, pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/10888438.2018.1491583
van den Bunt, Mark R. ; Groen, Margriet A. ; Frost, Steve ; Lau, Airey ; Preston, Jonathan ; Gracco, Vincent L. ; Pugh, Kenneth R. ; Verhoeven, Ludo T.W. / Sensorimotor Control of Speech and Children’s Reading Ability. In: Scientific Studies of Reading. 2018 ; pp. 1-14.
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