Pronoun Assessment: A Free Speech Technique A study of the free speech pronoun usage of 15 normal and 15 language-delayed children showed that it is possible to distinguish between children at five different levels of language development by considering linguistically relevant pronoun properties. The discriminating measure considered the frequency of pronoun types as a percentage of ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 1975
Pronoun Assessment: A Free Speech Technique
 
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  • Barbara Bergmann Davis
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Sue Seitz
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
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Research Article   |   December 01, 1975
Pronoun Assessment: A Free Speech Technique
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1975, Vol. 18, 765-772. doi:10.1044/jshr.1804.765
History: Received April 25, 1975 , Accepted August 24, 1975
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1975, Vol. 18, 765-772. doi:10.1044/jshr.1804.765
History: Received April 25, 1975; Accepted August 24, 1975

A study of the free speech pronoun usage of 15 normal and 15 language-delayed children showed that it is possible to distinguish between children at five different levels of language development by considering linguistically relevant pronoun properties. The discriminating measure considered the frequency of pronoun types as a percentage of the child’s total utterances. It is suggested that eliciting child utterances in a free play situation with the principal caregiver provides a good language sample and has potential as a diagnostic method.

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