Conversational Replies of Children with Specific Language Impairment Conversational replies were examined in two groups of children with comparable vocabularies and speech limited to single-word utterances: children with specific language impairment, ages 2:10 to 3:6 (years:months); and children, ages 1:5 to 1:11, who were developing language normally. In interactions with adults the language-impaired children produced a greater number ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1986
Conversational Replies of Children with Specific Language Impairment
 
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  • Laurence B. Leonard
    Purdue University
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Research Article   |   March 01, 1986
Conversational Replies of Children with Specific Language Impairment
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1986, Vol. 29, 114-119. doi:10.1044/jshr.2901.114
History: Received August 27, 1984 , Accepted September 24, 1985
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1986, Vol. 29, 114-119. doi:10.1044/jshr.2901.114
History: Received August 27, 1984; Accepted September 24, 1985

Conversational replies were examined in two groups of children with comparable vocabularies and speech limited to single-word utterances: children with specific language impairment, ages 2:10 to 3:6 (years:months); and children, ages 1:5 to 1:11, who were developing language normally. In interactions with adults the language-impaired children produced a greater number and variety of replies to both questions and statements than the normal-language children. The findings suggest that language-impaired children can serve as responsive conversationalists when syntactic skill is not a factor and that comprehension, world knowledge, and/or experience with conversations permit considerable variability in conversational skill even within the same level of expressive language ability.

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