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Links between working memory, phonological awareness, and language learning
Engel de Abreu, Pascale; Gathercole, S. E.
2007First International Working Memory Meeting: Working Memory and its relationship with other memories
 

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Keywords :
working memory; phonological awareness; language
Abstract :
[en] The aim of the study was to investigate the relationship between working memory, phonological awareness and developing language skills in a population of children growing up in a multilingual context involving the three languages of Luxembourgish, German, and French. A sample of 122 children from Luxembourg aged 5 to 7 years participated in the study, completing assessments of phonological short-term memory, complex working memory, phonological awareness, native and foreign vocabulary knowledge, language comprehension and reading. The data were best characterized by a model of working memory that consisted of two related but separable components - corresponding to phonological short-term memory and the central executive - that were distinct from phonological awareness. Language abilities in both the native and foreign languages were more strongly associated with phonological short-term memory than other factors in the model. The findings lend strong support to the proposal that vocabulary learning in particular is mediated, in part at least, by phonological short-term memory.
Disciplines :
Theoretical & cognitive psychology
Identifiers :
UNILU:UL-CONFERENCE-2009-017
Author, co-author :
Engel de Abreu, Pascale  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Educational Measurement and Applied Cognitive Science (EMACS)
Gathercole, S. E.
Language :
English
Title :
Links between working memory, phonological awareness, and language learning
Publication date :
September 2007
Event name :
First International Working Memory Meeting: Working Memory and its relationship with other memories
Event place :
Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Event date :
17-18th of September, 2007
Audience :
International
Funders :
ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council [GB]
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