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Title: Context effects on verb production in specific language impairment (SLI): confrontation naming versus connected speech
Authors: Kambanaros, Maria 
Keywords: SLI;Verb production;Confrontation naming;Connected speech
Category: Clinical Medicine
Field: Medical and Health Sciences
Issue Date: Nov-2014
Publisher: International Clinical Phonetics & Linguistics Association
Source: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 2014, Vol. 28, No. 11 , Pages 826-843
Abstract: A handful of studies have shown that verbs are more vulnerable than nouns to retrieval deficits on picture-based naming tasks for children with specific language impairment (SLI). The aim of this study was to examine if the disproportionate verb as opposed to noun production deficit reported for naming is also found in connected speech. Sixteen children participated in the study: eight children diagnosed with SLI (mean age: 6:3 years) and eight typically language developing (TLD, mean age: 5:9 years) controls. Verb and noun production was measured in connected speech and compared to picture confrontation naming. Both groups of children showed a significant difficulty naming verbs compared to nouns. In contrast, they did not differ on the total number of both verb tokens and verb types produced in connected speech. The findings indicate that the previously reported verb retrieval difficulties in SLI are a product of the confrontation naming task demands rather than a true verb deficit.
ISSN: 1464-5076
DOI: 10.3109/02699206.2014.911962
Type: Article
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