Language Performance of Educable Mentally Retarded and Normal Children at Five Age Levels The present study comprised an analysis and comparison of the language performance of educable mentally retarded and normal children at mental age levels six through 10 years. Both syntactic and functional performance variables were investigated. The results indicate language performance differences between the two groups with the primary discriminators being ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1975
Language Performance of Educable Mentally Retarded and Normal Children at Five Age Levels
 
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  • Rita C. Naremore
    Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Richard B. Dever
    Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
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Research Articles
Research Article   |   March 01, 1975
Language Performance of Educable Mentally Retarded and Normal Children at Five Age Levels
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1975, Vol. 18, 82-95. doi:10.1044/jshr.1801.82
History: Received April 16, 1974 , Accepted June 18, 1974
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1975, Vol. 18, 82-95. doi:10.1044/jshr.1801.82
History: Received April 16, 1974; Accepted June 18, 1974

The present study comprised an analysis and comparison of the language performance of educable mentally retarded and normal children at mental age levels six through 10 years. Both syntactic and functional performance variables were investigated. The results indicate language performance differences between the two groups with the primary discriminators being hesitation phenomena (false starts, filled pauses, and repeats) and clausal constructions (relative and subordinate clauses), resulting in a higher sentence elaboration level for normal children.

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