From Oral to Written Language
Bente E. Hagtvet. Financed by a grant from The Norwegian Research Council.
About the project
The study followed 74 randomly selected children longitudinally and yearly from age 4 through age 9. At age 4 the sample constituted a norm group in connection with the standardization of The Reynell Developmental Language Scales, and one sub study regarded the predictive validity of this scale. Other sub studies regarded longitudinal relationships between oral and written language, developmental profiles of early and slow readers respectively and covariations of language skills and emotional reactions. Predictors of reading skills were found in a broad range of cognitive and oral language skills. The children who at age 9 scored poorly on measures of oral and written language skills on all assessments also were more emotionally aroused even in preschool suggesting interdependence between language and emotions during development.