Language Comprehension in Sensorimotor Stages V and VI A cross-sectional study of language comprehension in relation to cognitive functioning in 48 10-to-21 month old children, 4 at each month of age, revealed significant correlations between comprehension and five sensorimotor subscales. Age, however, was the only significant predictor in multiple regression analyses adding either age or sensorimotor subscale in ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1980
Language Comprehension in Sensorimotor Stages V and VI
 
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  • Jon F. Miller
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Robin S. Chapman
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Mary Beth Branston
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Joe Reichle
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Research Article   |   June 01, 1980
Language Comprehension in Sensorimotor Stages V and VI
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1980, Vol. 23, 284-311. doi:10.1044/jshr.2302.284
History: Received December 11, 1978 , Accepted May 14, 1979
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1980, Vol. 23, 284-311. doi:10.1044/jshr.2302.284
History: Received December 11, 1978; Accepted May 14, 1979

A cross-sectional study of language comprehension in relation to cognitive functioning in 48 10-to-21 month old children, 4 at each month of age, revealed significant correlations between comprehension and five sensorimotor subscales. Age, however, was the only significant predictor in multiple regression analyses adding either age or sensorimotor subscale in second. In specific instances in which sensorimotor tasks tapped hypothetical prerequisites to specific language comprehension items, the two domains corresponded closely; but the cognitive domain was not always the first to be passed. Comprehension items were ordered from easy to hard as follows: 1) understanding single words for present people or objects; 2) for actions; 3) for absent people or objects; 4) understanding two words for the semantic relations possessor-possession, action-object, and agent-action; 5) understanding three words for agent-action-object. Implications for the Cognition Hypothesis are discussed.

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