Previous research has consistently demonstrated that false-belief (FB) understanding correlates with and predicts metalinguistic ability in preschoolers. Surprisingly, however, there is scant evidence on the question of whether this relation persists at later ages. The present cross-sectional study sought to fill this gap by examining the association between FB understanding, belief-based justifications and metalinguistic awareness. A sample of 150 children primary-school children between 8 and 11 years of age were administered a test of receptive language, a second-order theory-of-mind task and a comprehensive metalinguistic battery. The results of correlational and regression analyses showed that explicit metalinguistic awareness (in particular, performance in the Ambiguity and Phonemic Segmentation subtests) was significantly predicted by children's belief-based responses to the justification question in the theory of mind task but only for children with small receptive vocabularies; in contrast, FB understanding made no independent contribution (either alone or in interaction with other measures). These findings complement and advance existing data by showing that, in school-age children, the association between the 2 domains involves more mature, verbally explicit levels of FB understanding and metalinguistic awareness

Are belief-based justifications associated with metalinguistic awareness? A cross-sectional study in school-age children / Spataro, Pietro; Rossi-arnaud, Clelia; Longobardi, Emiddia. - In: INFANT AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT. - ISSN 1522-7227. - 27:1(2017), pp. 1-13. [10.1002/icd.2048]

Are belief-based justifications associated with metalinguistic awareness? A cross-sectional study in school-age children

Spataro, Pietro;Rossi-arnaud, Clelia;Longobardi, Emiddia
2017

Abstract

Previous research has consistently demonstrated that false-belief (FB) understanding correlates with and predicts metalinguistic ability in preschoolers. Surprisingly, however, there is scant evidence on the question of whether this relation persists at later ages. The present cross-sectional study sought to fill this gap by examining the association between FB understanding, belief-based justifications and metalinguistic awareness. A sample of 150 children primary-school children between 8 and 11 years of age were administered a test of receptive language, a second-order theory-of-mind task and a comprehensive metalinguistic battery. The results of correlational and regression analyses showed that explicit metalinguistic awareness (in particular, performance in the Ambiguity and Phonemic Segmentation subtests) was significantly predicted by children's belief-based responses to the justification question in the theory of mind task but only for children with small receptive vocabularies; in contrast, FB understanding made no independent contribution (either alone or in interaction with other measures). These findings complement and advance existing data by showing that, in school-age children, the association between the 2 domains involves more mature, verbally explicit levels of FB understanding and metalinguistic awareness
language; metalinguistic awareness; primary-school children; theory of mind; developmental and educational psychology
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Are belief-based justifications associated with metalinguistic awareness? A cross-sectional study in school-age children / Spataro, Pietro; Rossi-arnaud, Clelia; Longobardi, Emiddia. - In: INFANT AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT. - ISSN 1522-7227. - 27:1(2017), pp. 1-13. [10.1002/icd.2048]
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