The predictive value of prosody
Benjamin, Rebekah Anne
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Fluency in reading is ideally determined by measuring rate, accuracy, and prosodic qualities in the oral reading of a child. However, prosodic measures vary widely among researchers, and the contribution of reading prosody to both reading fluency and reading comprehension is still undetermined. The present study examines three prosodic variables—sentence-final F0 change, intrasentential pausing, and intonation contour—in the oral readings of second grade children (N=90) from two texts, one simple and one difficult. While variables were not all equal in their relationship to fluency and comprehension, prosody from the more difficult text was found to be a better predictor of both fluency and comprehension.