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ERIC Number: EJ777514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Language in Boys with Fragile X Syndrome
Levy, Yonata; Gottesman, Riki; Borochowitz, Zvi; Frydman, Moshe; Sagi, Michal
Journal of Child Language, v33 n1 p125-144 Feb 2006
The current paper reports of language production in 15 Hebrew-speaking boys, aged 9;0-13;0, with fully methylated, non-mosaic fragile X syndrome and no concomitant diagnosis of autism. Contrary to expectations, seven children were non-verbal. Language production in the verbal children was studied in free conversations and in context-bound speech. Despite extra caution in calculating MLU, participants' language level was not predicted by mean utterance length. Context bound speech resulted in grammatically more advanced performance than free conversation, and performance in both contexts differed in important ways from performance of typically developing MLU-matched controls. The relevance of MLU as a predictor of productive grammar in disordered populations is briefly discussed. (Contains 1 footnote.) [This research was supported by the Israel Science Foundation and the Levin Center.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Mean Length of Utterance