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The relationship between reading and syntactic skills among Navajo American Indian students.

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Alejandro Brice

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January 1995

Date Available

July 2016


Reading is a process which requires that the learner deal explicitly with the structural features of language. This relationship appears to be present in bilingual/bicultural children and has been an issue of concern. The purpose of the present study was to determine if training in reading comprehension and oral syntax would improve oral syntax acquisition in a sample of Navajo American Indian children in the United States. Three matched groups with 12 subjects in each group (reading, syntax and a control group) participated in this study. The results revealed statistically significant gains on the Grammatical Comprehension and Reading Comprehension measures. This study seems to suggest that there is no particular advantage of a reading strategy over a syntax strategy, but that both interventions may result in improved oral syntax.


Abstract only. Full-text article is available through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Per Linguam, 11(1), 1-13. doi: 10.5785/11-1-228.




University of Stellenbosch, Department of English

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