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MacRoy-Higgins, Michelle; Kliment, Sarah – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 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…
Descriptors: Communication Disorders, Followup Studies, Expressive Language, Delayed Speech
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Larson, Anne L. – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 2016
Children from low-income environments are at increased risk of developing language delays which can negatively affect later academic and social outcomes. As children age, deficits between children with language delays and their typically developing peers continue to widen. In order to prevent future disabilities, efficient early language screening…
Descriptors: Screening Tests, Language Tests, Infants, Toddlers
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Zhang, Yiwen; Xu, Xiaojuan; Jiang, Fan; Gilkerson, Jill; Xu, Dongxin; Richards, Jeffrey A.; Harnsberger, James; Topping, Keith J. – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 2015
Changes in natural language environments of families receiving quantitative language feedback in Shanghai were investigated. Volunteer parents of 22 children aged 5 to 30 months were recruited from a hospital and a learning center. Quantitative measures of adult word count and conversational turns with children were collected regularly over 6…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Child Caregivers, Young Children, Parent Child Relationship
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Corrigan, Roberta – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 2008
This article addresses the acquisition of meaning of words and phrases that refer to aspects of the world that are not directly perceivable. It examines the patterns of semantic input that are available in the linguistic environment that provide clues to allow a child to construct a lexicon that is both broad and deep. These patterns are…
Descriptors: Semantics, Form Classes (Languages), Language Impairments, Vocabulary Development