ERIC Number: EJ823367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
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A Comparison of Language Abilities in Adolescents with Down Syndrome and Children with Specific Language Impairment
Laws, Glynis; Bishop, Dorothy V. M.
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v46 n6 p1324-1339 Dec 2003
This article compared the language profiles of adolescents with Down syndrome (DS) and children with specific language impairment matched for nonverbal cognitive ability, and investigated whether similar relationships could be established between language measures and other capacities in both groups. Language profiles were very similar: Expressive language was more affected than language comprehension, and grammar was more affected than vocabulary in both domains. Both groups were impaired on tests of grammatical morphology and phonological memory. There were some differences between the groups, but these could be attributed to other features of development of people with DS.
Descriptors: Comprehension, Language Impairments, Down Syndrome, Adolescents, Expressive Language, Profiles, Cognitive Ability, Receptive Language, Comparative Analysis, Correlation, Grammar, Vocabulary, Morphology (Languages), Phonology, Memory
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