Production of infinitival object complements in the conversational speech of 5-Year-Old Children with language-impairment

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Abstract

The infinitive productions of eight 5-year-old children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) were compared with the infinitive productions of 25 3to 5-year-old children with normally-developing language (NL). The mean number of infinitives was the same for the SLI group as for the NL group. However, individual children with SLI produced no or few infinitives or showed limited productivity for this sentence form with different main verbs. It was not possible to conclude that infinitives are problematic for all children with SLI, as has been reported for verb inflections. Rather, difficulty with this sentence form seems to be an individual difference among children with SLI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-341
Number of pages15
JournalFirst Language
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2003

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Keywords

  • Acquisition of syntax
  • Conversational development
  • MLU
  • Morphological development
  • Verbal complements

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In: First Language, Vol. 23, No. 3, 01.12.2003, p. 327-341.

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