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ERIC Number: ED123852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Maternal Speech to Normal and Down's Syndrome Children Matched for Mean Length of Utterance.
Rondal, Jean A.; Turnure, James E.
Compared were the maternal linguistic environments of 21 normal (20-32 months old) and 21 Down's syndrome children (3-12 years old) matched for level of language development as assessed by mean length of utterance (MLU). Verbal interaction in two free play home situations was tape recorded. Twenty measures of maternal speech (including sentence complexity, total number of words and different types of sentences) and seven measures of children's speech (such as incidence of utterances without verb and number of modifiers per utterance) were analyzed. Data suggested that the maternal linguistic environments of MLU matched Down's syndrome and normal children were similar, although there were significant differences in mothers' speech according to the language level of the children addressed. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association on Mental Deficiency (100th, Chicago, Illinois, May 31 - June 4, 1976)