Exploring the boundaries of SLI: findings from morphosyntactic and story grammar analyses

Pearce, Wendy M., McCormack, Paul F., and James, Deborah G.H. (2003) Exploring the boundaries of SLI: findings from morphosyntactic and story grammar analyses. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 17 (4). pp. 325-334.

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Abstract

The nature of morphosyntactic and story‐grammar differences were examined between children with SLI and children with language impairments that fell outside the diagnostic category for SLI solely because of their low non‐verbal cognitive abilities (LNVA). Two oral narratives were elicited from 5‐year‐old children with language impairments and age‐matched children with normally developing language. Morphosyntactic difficulties were found to be similar for children with SLI and children with LNVA. The children with SLI produced more complex stories than the children with LNVA when a complex wordless picture book was used, but not for a single scene picture stimulus. These findings challenge notions about the unique nature of SLI and, understandings of differences and similarities with other language impairments.

Item ID: 9864
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: language impairment; oral narrative; morphosyntax; differential diagnosis
ISSN: 1464-5076
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2010 01:31
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 30%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl Physiotherapy) @ 30%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics @ 40%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920203 Diagnostic Methods @ 100%
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