Language and Sensorimotor Development During the Early Period of Referential Speech The relation between sensorimotor attainments and linguistic development in children using referential speech at the single- and two-word utterance levels was examined. When age was controlled, the sensorimotor task performance of normal children who produced two-word utterances was highly similar to that of normal children limited to single-word utterances. Identical ... Research Article
Research Article  |   September 01, 1978
Language and Sensorimotor Development During the Early Period of Referential Speech
 
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  • M. Karen Folger
    Memphis State University, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Laurence B. Leonard
    Memphis State University, Memphis, Tennessee
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Research Article   |   September 01, 1978
Language and Sensorimotor Development During the Early Period of Referential Speech
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1978, Vol. 21, 519-527. doi:10.1044/jshr.2103.519
History: Received September 1, 1977 , Accepted January 30, 1978
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1978, Vol. 21, 519-527. doi:10.1044/jshr.2103.519
History: Received September 1, 1977; Accepted January 30, 1978

The relation between sensorimotor attainments and linguistic development in children using referential speech at the single- and two-word utterance levels was examined. When age was controlled, the sensorimotor task performance of normal children who produced two-word utterances was highly similar to that of normal children limited to single-word utterances. Identical findings were observed for language-disordered children functioning at the single- and two-word utterance levels. In addition, several children’s performances on the sensorimotor tasks were below the level previously thought necessary for the emergence of referential speech. The position is taken that the relationship between sensorimotor development and linguistic development is not as close as has been presumed.

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