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A short-term longitudinal study was carried out on a group of 67 preschool children. At three points in time over a 12-month period, the children were given tests measuring their syllable, rime, and phoneme awareness, speech and language skills, and letter knowledge. In general, children's rime skills developed earlier than their phoneme skills. Structural equation models showed that articulatory skills and syllable and rime awareness predicted later phoneme awareness.


Journal article


Dev Psychol

Publication Date





913 - 923


Attention, Awareness, Child, Preschool, Female, Humans, Language Development, Male, Models, Statistical, Pattern Recognition, Visual, Phonetics, Psycholinguistics, Verbal Behavior, Vocabulary