Conversational characteristics of children with semantic-pragmatic disorder. I: Exchange structure, turntaking, repairs and cohesion

C. Adams, D. V M Bishop

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    Abstract

    Conversational samples were obtained from 57 children aged from 8 to 12 years with specific language impairment, and 67 control children aged from 4 to 12 years. Fourteen of the language-impaired children fitted the clinical description of semantic-pragmatic disorder. It was found that exchange structure, turntaking, conversational repair and use of cohesive devices could be assessed with adequate inter-rater and test-retest reliability. Children with semantic-pragmatic disorder produced more initiations than other children. Some of these children also violated turntaking rules by interrupting the conversational partner to an unusual degree. Use of cohesion was normal for children with semantic-pragmatic disorder, but limited in other language-impaired children. Analysis of conversations may be more useful than conventional language tests for identifying linguistic abnormalities in children with semantic-pragmatic disorder.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)211-239
    Number of pages28
    JournalBritish Journal of Disorders of Communication
    Volume24
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1989

    Keywords

    • Child
    • Child Language
    • Child, Preschool
    • Female
    • Human
    • Language Development
    • psychology: Language Disorders
    • Male
    • Semantics
    • Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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