Phonological Constraints on the Sentence Productions of Language-Disordered Children Effects of phonologica] and syntactic structure on the sentence productions of language-disordered school children (mean age = 6:2 years) were investigated. The syllabic complexity of target sentences as well as clause embedding significantly contributed to sentence inaccuracy (omission. substitution, addition, and transposition errors). Phonological complexity in lexical items disrupted syntactic ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1982
Phonological Constraints on the Sentence Productions of Language-Disordered Children
 
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  • John M. Panagos
    Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
  • Patricia A. Prelock
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Research Article   |   June 01, 1982
Phonological Constraints on the Sentence Productions of Language-Disordered Children
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1982, Vol. 25, 171-177. doi:10.1044/jshr.2502.171
History: Received December 17, 1979 , Accepted March 16, 1981
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1982, Vol. 25, 171-177. doi:10.1044/jshr.2502.171
History: Received December 17, 1979; Accepted March 16, 1981

Effects of phonologica] and syntactic structure on the sentence productions of language-disordered school children (mean age = 6:2 years) were investigated. The syllabic complexity of target sentences as well as clause embedding significantly contributed to sentence inaccuracy (omission. substitution, addition, and transposition errors). Phonological complexity in lexical items disrupted syntactic performance in a quantitative fashion. Whereas the syntactic constructions determined the patterns of errors, added phonological cmnplexity simply increased the errors within the patterns. The causal interrelationships between children's syntactic and phonological disorders are discussed in terms of a theory of general organizational deficit.

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