Relative clause constructions in children with specific language impairment.

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dc.contributor.author Frizelle, Pauline
dc.contributor.author Fletcher, Paul
dc.date.accessioned 2014-05-28T15:41:30Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-04T05:00:06Z
dc.date.issued 2014-03
dc.identifier.citation FRIZELLE, P. & FLETCHER, P. 2014. Relative clause constructions in children with specific language impairment. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 49(2), 255-264. doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.12070 en
dc.identifier.volume 49 en
dc.identifier.issued 2 en
dc.identifier.startpage 255 en
dc.identifier.endpage 264 en
dc.identifier.issn 1460-6984
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1563
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/1460-6984.12070
dc.description.abstract Background: It is well documented that children with specific language impairment (SLI) experience significant grammatical deficits. While much of the focus in the past has been on morphosyntactic difficulties, less is known about their acquisition of multi-clausal constructions such as those containing relative clauses. Aims: To investigate relative clause constructions in English-speaking, school-aged children with SLI using a sentence-recall task. Methods & Procedures: Children with SLI (mean age = 6;10; n = 32) and two control groups, a typically developing group matched for age (AM-TD; mean age = 6;11; n = 32) and a younger typically developing group (YTD; mean age = 4;9; n = 20), repeated sentences that contained relative clauses which represented a range of syntactic roles. The relative clauses were attached either to the predicate nominal of a copular clause or to the direct object of a transitive clause. Outcomes & Results: Children with SLI showed significantly greater difficulty than both the AM-TD and the YTD groups overall, but found some relative clause types easier than others, displaying a similar profile to typically developing children but at a lower level of performance. Conclusions & Implications: Children with SLI who are close to 7 years of age have significantly greater difficulty with relative clauses than their age peers and typically developing children who are on average 2 years younger. Their performance is influenced by the matrix clause type, the role of the relativized element within the relative clause, and in object relative clauses, lexical choices within the matrix clause and the relative clause. en
dc.description.sponsorship Research Fellowships for the Therapy Professions (CTPF/2008/4) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Wiley en
dc.rights This is the accepted version of the following article: FRIZELLE, P. & FLETCHER, P. 2014. Relative clause constructions in children with specific language impairment. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 49, 255-264., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1460-6984.12070. en
dc.subject Specific language impairment en
dc.subject Relative clauses en
dc.subject Syntax en
dc.subject Assessment en
dc.title Relative clause constructions in children with specific language impairment. en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Pauline Frizelle, Speech And Hearing Sciences, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: p.frizelle@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2014-05-14T08:44:43Z
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dc.identifier.journaltitle International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders en
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