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Grammatical morphology in French language-impaired children

By Susan Methé


Various accounts have been proposed to explain the deficits found in children with specific language impairment (SLI). Since many of these hypotheses have been evaluated using English speaking subjects, there is an important need for cross-linguistic evidence. In this study, the language of Quebec French speaking language-impaired children was examined in an attempt to provide further information about the nature and characteristics of this impairment.The research examined the language of ten 7-year-old unilingual French language-impaired children. Their language was compared to language samples elicited from ten 7-year-old and ten 5-year-old normally developing children. Spontaneous language samples were elicited and analyzed in terms of correct use and error type in six linguistic structures: auxiliaries, copulas, verbs, articles, adjectives, and possessive adjectives. The findings were discussed in light of current competing explanatory hypotheses and were found to support hypotheses that suggest that language impairment is at the level of functional categories. Finally, future directions and clinical implications were addressed

Topics: Language, Linguistics., Health Sciences, Speech Pathology., Psychology, Developmental.
Publisher: McGill University
Year: 1996
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