ERIC Number: ED107000
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-May
Reference Count: 0
A Semantic-Relational-Concepts Based Theory of Language Acquisition as Applied to Down's Syndrome Children: Implication for a Language Enhancement Program. Research Report No. 62.
Buium, Nissan; And Others
Speech samples were collected from three 48-month-old children with Down's Syndrome over an 11-month period after Ss had reached the one word utterance stage. Each S's linguistic utterances were semantically evaluated in terms of M. Bowerman's, R. Brown's, and I. Schlesinger's semantic relational concepts. Generally, findings suggested that Ss symbolically represented their experiences through the same modes of representation available for normal children, and that there is a 2-year lag for these semantic relational concepts to appear in the language of Down's Syndrome children when compared to normal children. The semantic relational concepts in the Ss' early utterances were charted in the order of their appearance. (GW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Research, Development, and Demonstration Center in Education of Handicapped Children.