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Stephens, M. Irene (Mary Irene)

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Communication Disorders


Children--Language; Communicative disorders in children


The design of this study is unique as compared with other studies probing the abilities of language impaired children. Rather than pooling the language impaired children into one experimental group, two subgroups of children differing in their degree of severity of expressive syntactic impairments and misarticulations were identified. A third group of children exhibiting normal language development and an absence of misarticulations was also identified. The groups' performances on several linguistic and nonlinguistic measures were compared. Analysis of the data indicated that both groups of language impaired children performed significantly less well than the normal control group on all the variables tested. Individual t-tests for each probe resulted in significant differences between the two language impaired groups on more than half of the measures, with the more severely impaired subgroup performing consistently less well. This indicates that the severity of a child's expressive syntactic deficiency is reflected in his performance on other linguistic and nonlinguistic probes. Analysis of the differences among the three groups was discussed in terms of the need for clear subject specification and the inclusion of relatively homogeneous subgroups of language impaired children as subjects of study in research probing the abilities of language impaired children.


Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.


vii, 75 pages




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