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Article: Differential contribution of psycholinguistic and cognitive skills to written composition in Chinese as a second language

TitleDifferential contribution of psycholinguistic and cognitive skills to written composition in Chinese as a second language
Authors
KeywordsWritten composition
Chinese as a second language
Working memory
Orthographic processing
Sentence processing
Issue Date2018
PublisherSpringer Verlag Dordrecht. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0922-4777
Citation
Reading and Writing, 2018 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study examined the contribution of the constructs of orthographic processing (orthographic choice and orthographic choice in context), syntactic processing (grammaticality and sentence integrity), and verbal working memory (two reading span indicators) to written Chinese composition (narration, explanation, and argumentation) in 129 15-year-old L2 learners. A matrix task was also administered as a control task to tap cognitive flexibility. Structural equation modeling (SEM) analysis with written composition as a latent variable revealed orthographic processing and working memory as two significant, independent contributors, whereas the unique contribution of syntactic processing was not significant. Subsequent SEM analysis with narration, explanation, and argumentation as separate endogenous variables found varied patterns of the contribution of each latent predictor to written composition in different genres. These patterns are discussed in light of the importance of attention to learners’ developmental stage and genre-sensitive measures to capture the psycholinguistic and cognitive underpinnings of written composition in L2 Chinese.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/265964
ISSN
2017 Impact Factor: 1.837
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.332
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dc.contributor.authorLeong, CK-
dc.contributor.authorShum, MSK-
dc.contributor.authorTai, CP-
dc.contributor.authorKi, WW-
dc.contributor.authorZhang, DB-
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-17T02:16:23Z-
dc.date.available2018-12-17T02:16:23Z-
dc.date.issued2018-
dc.identifier.citationReading and Writing, 2018-
dc.identifier.issn0922-4777-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/265964-
dc.description.abstractThis study examined the contribution of the constructs of orthographic processing (orthographic choice and orthographic choice in context), syntactic processing (grammaticality and sentence integrity), and verbal working memory (two reading span indicators) to written Chinese composition (narration, explanation, and argumentation) in 129 15-year-old L2 learners. A matrix task was also administered as a control task to tap cognitive flexibility. Structural equation modeling (SEM) analysis with written composition as a latent variable revealed orthographic processing and working memory as two significant, independent contributors, whereas the unique contribution of syntactic processing was not significant. Subsequent SEM analysis with narration, explanation, and argumentation as separate endogenous variables found varied patterns of the contribution of each latent predictor to written composition in different genres. These patterns are discussed in light of the importance of attention to learners’ developmental stage and genre-sensitive measures to capture the psycholinguistic and cognitive underpinnings of written composition in L2 Chinese.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherSpringer Verlag Dordrecht. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0922-4777-
dc.relation.ispartofReading and Writing-
dc.rightsThe final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11145-018-9873-2-
dc.subjectWritten composition-
dc.subjectChinese as a second language-
dc.subjectWorking memory-
dc.subjectOrthographic processing-
dc.subjectSentence processing-
dc.titleDifferential contribution of psycholinguistic and cognitive skills to written composition in Chinese as a second language-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailShum, MSK: mskshum@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailTai, CP: cptai@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailKi, WW: hraskww@hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.authorityTai, CP=rp01906-
dc.identifier.authorityKi, WW=rp00912-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11145-018-9873-2-
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dc.identifier.hkuros296384-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000458563000009-
dc.publisher.placeNetherlands-

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