ERIC Number: EJ784696
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
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Factors Accounting for the Ability of Children with SLI to Learn Agreement Morphemes in Intervention
Pawlowska, Monika; Leonard, Laurence B.; Camarata, Stephen M.; Brown, Barbara; Camarata, Mary N.
Journal of Child Language, v35 n1 p25-53 Feb 2008
The aim of this study was to uncover factors accounting for the ability of children with specific language impairment (SLI) to learn agreement morphemes in intervention. Twenty-five children with SLI who participated in a six-month intervention program focused on teaching third person singular -s or auxiliary "is"/"are"/"was" showed a wide range of use of the target morpheme after intervention. Regression analyses showed that age and two factors expected to be related to agreement--the use of noun plural -s and subject/verb constructions prior to intervention--significantly predicted progress in the acquisition of agreement morphemes. In contrast, the pretreatment use of morphemes hypothesized to be unrelated to agreement was not a significant predictor of progress. The results indicate that the ability of children with SLI to learn agreement morphemes relies on their prior ability to use noun plural and subject/verb constructions.
Descriptors: Intervention, Verbs, Nouns, Morphemes, Language Impairments, Child Language, Language Acquisition, Grammar
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