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Avaliação Psicológica

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MOTA, Márcia Maria Peruzzi Elia da. Conceptual and Methodological Consideration on Creating Metalinguistic Abilities Evaluation Instruments. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2012, vol.11, n.1, pp. 77-82. ISSN 1677-0471.

Metalinguistic abilities can be defined as the intentional manipulation of language. In recent years much interest has been devoted to creating metalinguistic awareness assessment instruments because of its causal link to literacy acquisition. However, the construction of these instruments is not an easy task and it is not without controversy. The goal of this paper is to present an overview of the conceptual and methodological issues that need to be considered when creating such instruments for assessing metalinguistic abilities, we will mainly focus on the definition of metalinguistic skill, the language units assessed and adaptations of tasks from different languages to Portuguese.

Keywords : metalinguistic abilities; phonological abilities; syntactic abilities; morphological abilities; metalinguistic assessment.

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