ERIC Number: ED239443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Style Characteristics of the Language Acquisition of Mentally Retarded Children.
McCabe, Ann E.; Bebout, Linda J.
Six mildly to moderately retarded children (2-5 years old) were studied to compare their pattern of language development with that of nonhandicapped young children. Tape recordings of Ss' spontaneous speech at home were examined and compared to data on normal development according to such variables as differential noun/pronoun use, noun type/token ratio, elaboration of noun phrases, use of descriptive adjectives and possessives, and speech function. Data suggested that Ss showed an expressive style (a low proportion of common nouns with relatively high proportions of pronouns, function words, and personal social words in their early vocabulary) as opposed to the referential style (characterized by a high proportion of common nouns). Implications for assessment and intervention center on the importance of understanding the characteristics of the expressive style. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).