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Title: Cyprus
Authors: Theodorou, Elena 
Petinou, Kakia 
Kambanaros, Maria 
Keywords: Diglossia;Language disorder
Category: Languages and Literature
Field: Social Sciences
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Managing Children with Developmental Language Disorder: Theory and Practice across Europe and Beyond, 2019, Pages 179-188
Abstract: The sociolinguistic situation in the Greek-speaking Republic of Cyprus is described as ‘diglossia’. Given the complex linguistic situation in Cyprus, the language status of Greek Cypriot children is referred to as bilectalism. Crucial to the study of developmental language disorder (DLD) in Cyprus is the need for appropriate identification using appropriate language assessment tools. The Cyprus Association of Registered Speech-Language Pathologists is the national body that represents the field of speech-language therapy/speech pathology in Cyprus. The education system laws specifically accommodate children with special needs and focus on providing equal learning opportunities in mainstream classes regardless of the child’s ability. The haphazard provision of services to children with DLD is fundamentally related to the lack of knowledge regarding language milestones of typical language acquisition in the bilectal context of Cyprus. Children with DLD are eligible for specialized services only if identified as having ‘special needs’ resulting from severe problems in either sensory-motor abilities and/or learning abilities.
ISBN: 9780429848339
DOI: 10.4324/9780429455308
Rights: © 2019 selection and editorial matter, James Law, Cristina McKean, Carol-Anne Murphy and Elin Thordardottir; individual chapters, the contributors.
Type: Book Chapter
Appears in Collections:Κεφάλαια βιβλίων/Book chapters

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