Crosslinguistic Sharing of Morphological Awareness in Biliteracy Development: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Correlation Coefficients

Sihui Ke, Ryan T. Miller, Dongbo Zhang, Keiko Koda

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Abstract

This study examined the crosslinguistic sharing of morphological awareness (MA) in biliteracy development. The analysis included 34 correlational studies with 41 independent samples (N = 4,104). Correlational coefficients were meta-analyzed, yielding four main findings: (a) the correlation between first language (L1) and second language (L2) MA was small (r =.30); (b) the interlingual correlations between L1 MA and L2 word decoding and between L1 MA and L2 reading comprehension were both small (r =.35,.39, respectively); (c) the intralingual correlations between L2 MA and L2 word decoding and between L2 MA and L2 reading comprehension were both moderate (r =.46,.52, respectively); and (d) MA measurement type and age were significant moderators. Our review suggests that there is a need for future research to align the definition and measurement of MA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-54
Number of pages47
JournalLanguage Learning
Volume71
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021

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Keywords

  • biliteracy
  • crosslinguistic sharing
  • meta-analysis
  • morphological awareness
  • second language reading

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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