ERIC Number: ED340191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Language and Communication in the Absence of Speech: A Case Study.
Rogow, Sally M.
This case study reports on the language development of a child with severe speech and multiple handicaps resulting from "severe epileptic encephalopathy" who is, however, able to competently read, write, and comprehend two languages (English and Cantonese) but does not initiate conversations. Data were gathered as a result of weekly home visits over 8 years (beginning when the child was 2.5 years old). The case is interpreted in the context of speech act theory. Analysis of the child's receptive language skills are reported for: responses to "Wh" questions; classification; sentence completions; word knowledge; and reading comprehension. Her expressive skills (using writing or Morse Code) are analyzed for: mean length of utterance; variety of parts of speech used; variety of sentence types used; complexity of sentence patterns; and language interactions and conversation. Results suggest that a high level of language comprehension and ability to read and write does not automatically transfer to conversational competence or narrative ability. Conclusions also suggest the importance of interactive language experiences for children who depend on augmented and assistive systems. Includes 18 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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