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ERIC Number: EJ1128832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1525-7401
Pragmatic Functions in Late Talkers: A 1-Year Follow-Up Study
MacRoy-Higgins, Michelle; Kliment, Sarah
Communication Disorders Quarterly, v38 n2 p107-111 Feb 2017
This study analyzed spontaneous language samples of three-year-olds with a history of expressive language delay (late talkers) and age-matched controls using Dore's Conversational Acts analysis (1978) and Mean Length of Utterance (MLU; Brown, 1973). Differences were observed between groups in utterances classified as organizational device and miscellaneous. No differences were noted between groups in other pragmatic functions and the number of pragmatic functions that were used. Late talkers showed lower MLUs as compared to age-matched peers. Pragmatic language, in addition to morphosyntax, should be monitored in children with a history of early expressive language delay.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Mean Length of Utterance; Preschool Language Scale; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Goldman Fristoe Test of Articulation; Bayley Scales of Infant Development; MacArthur Communicative Development Inventory
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