Assessing understanding of relative clauses: a comparison of multiple-choice comprehension versus sentence repetition

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dc.contributor.author Frizelle, Pauline
dc.contributor.author O'Neill, Clodagh
dc.contributor.author Bishop, Dorothy V. M.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-23T09:53:32Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-23T09:53:32Z
dc.date.issued 2017-01-16
dc.identifier.citation Frizelle, P., O'Neill, C. and Bishop, D. V. M. (2017) 'Assessing understanding of relative clauses: a comparison of multiple-choice comprehension versus sentence repetition', Journal of Child Language, pp. 1-23. doi:10.1017/S0305000916000635 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 23 en
dc.identifier.issn 0305-0009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3495
dc.identifier.doi 10.1017/S0305000916000635
dc.description.abstract Although sentence repetition is considered a reliable measure of children's grammatical knowledge, few studies have directly compared children's sentence repetition performance with their understanding of grammatical structures. The current study aimed to compare children's performance on these two assessment measures, using a multiple-choice picture-matching sentence comprehension task and a sentence repetition task. Thirty-three typically developing children completed both assessments, which included relative clauses representing a range of syntactic roles. Results revealed a similar order of difficulty of constructions on both measures but little agreement between them when evaluating individual differences. Interestingly, repetition was the easier of the two measures, with children showing the ability to repeat sentences they did not understand. This discrepancy is primarily attributed to the additional processing load resulting from the design of multiple-choice comprehension tasks, and highlights the fact that these assessments are invoking skills beyond those of linguistic competence. en
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dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en
dc.rights © Cambridge University Press 2017. This article has been published in a revised form in J. Child Lang., https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305000916000635. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. en
dc.subject Child language en
dc.subject Sentence repetition en
dc.subject Language assessment en
dc.subject Grammatical knowledge en
dc.subject Grammar en
dc.subject Linguistic competence en
dc.subject Comprehension tasks en
dc.title Assessing understanding of relative clauses: a comparison of multiple-choice comprehension versus sentence repetition 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 2017-01-23T09:40:21Z
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Child Language en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress p.frizelle@ucc.ie en


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