Forma y Función
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PORTILLA RAMIREZ, Claudia Rosario and TEBEROSKY CORONADO, Ana. THE INFLUENCE OF WRITING IN THE COMPREHENSION ON MEANING AND FORM IN SPANISH LEXICAL VARIATIONS IN PRESCHOOL KIDS . Forma funcion, Santaf, de Bogot, D.C. [online]. 2007, n.20, pp. 79-93. ISSN 0120-338X.
This study explores the relationship between writing and the understanding of the referent in the context of an activity on synonyms. The participants were children of Latin-American origin, 5 and 6 years of age, and educated in Barcelona. The variables that were related to the task on synonyms included: (a) comprehension of the linguistic entity noun and (b) the level of conceptualization of writing among children as well as the presence of writing labels during the performance of the task. Pairs of dialect synonyms (Latin-American and Peninsular Spanish) were used for the activity. Results show a difference in the level of reasoning by children that stem from the comparison between oral and written language. This is an evidence of higher acceptance of synonymy in oral language than in written language.
Keywords : writing; metalinguistic awareness; synonymy; noun.