ERIC Number: ED203638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Requesting Strategies of Learning Disabled Children.
Donahue, Mavis L.
The pragmatic competence of 33 learning disabled (LD) children (grades 2, 4 and 6) was examined on a task that allowed for the separate assessment of linguistic and social knowledge, i.e., the ability to appropriately vary politeness and persuasive strategies as a function of listener status. LD and non LD Ss made requests of four imaginary listeners varying on dimensions of intimacy and power. LD girls produced more polite requests than non LD girls to all listeners. LD boys' politeness and the elaboration of their persuasive appeals exhibited variations as a function of listener features, but attended to different dimensions than those reflected in non LD boys' requests. It appeared that LD Ss produced less appropriate requesting strategies than non LD Ss, even though their repertoire of linguistic forms for conveying politeness was not deficient. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development (5th, Boston, MA, October, 1980).