Evaluation of Syntax in Three-Year-Old Spanish-Speaking Puerto Rican Children The performance of 30 normal and 30 language-deviant three-year-old Spanish-speaking Puerto Rican children was compared on two measures of linguistic proficiency. They are mean length of utterance, following a scoring procedure adapted for Spanish speakers by the primary investigator, and Lee’s Developmental Sentence Scoring procedure adapted for Spanish by Toronto. ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1977
Evaluation of Syntax in Three-Year-Old Spanish-Speaking Puerto Rican Children
 
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  • Nicolas Linares-Orama
    University of Puerto Rico, San Juan
  • Lois Joan Sanders
    University of Illinois, Champaign
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Research Article   |   June 01, 1977
Evaluation of Syntax in Three-Year-Old Spanish-Speaking Puerto Rican Children
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1977, Vol. 20, 350-357. doi:10.1044/jshr.2002.350
History: Received November 10, 1975 , Accepted January 26, 1977
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1977, Vol. 20, 350-357. doi:10.1044/jshr.2002.350
History: Received November 10, 1975; Accepted January 26, 1977

The performance of 30 normal and 30 language-deviant three-year-old Spanish-speaking Puerto Rican children was compared on two measures of linguistic proficiency. They are mean length of utterance, following a scoring procedure adapted for Spanish speakers by the primary investigator, and Lee’s Developmental Sentence Scoring procedure adapted for Spanish by Toronto. Results indicated that both methods of language assessment were sensitive to age and language status differences within the three-year age range. Accordingly, they can be usefully employed in research investigations to equate subjects on a linguistic basis, and in the clinical evaluation of small differences in the language maturity of preschool Spanish-speaking Puerto Rican children.

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