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ERIC Number: EJ830472
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0169-0965
Grammatical Morpheme Effects on Sentence Processing by School-Aged Adolescents with Specific Language Impairment
Leonard, Laurence B.; Miller, Carol A.; Finneran, Denise A.
Language and Cognitive Processes, v24 n3 p450-478 Jul 2008
Sixteen-year-olds with specific language impairment (SLI), nonspecific language impairment (NLI), and those showing typical language development (TD) responded to target words in sentences that were either grammatical or contained a grammatical error immediately before the target word. The TD participants showed the expected slower response times (RTs) when errors preceded the target word, regardless of error type. The SLI and NLI groups also showed the expected slowing, except when the error type involved the omission of a tense/agreement inflection. This response pattern mirrored an early developmental period of alternating between using and omitting tense/agreement inflections that is characteristic of SLI and NLI. The findings could not be readily attributed to factors such as insensitivity to omissions in general or insensitivity to the particular phonetic forms used to mark tense/agreement. The observed response pattern may represent continued difficulty with tense/agreement morphology that persists in subtle form into adolescence. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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