Reference : Phonological representations of children with SLI : a study of French.
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Arts & humanities : Languages & linguistics
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Theoretical & cognitive psychology
Phonological representations of children with SLI : a study of French.
Maillart, Christelle mailto [Université Catholique de Louvain - UCL > > > >]
Schelstraete, Marie-Anne [> > > >]
Hupet, Michel [> > > >]
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing research
American Speech Language Hearing Association
187 - 198
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[en] specific language impairment ; SLI ; phonological representations
[fr] dysphasie ; représentations phonologiques ; phonologie
[en] The present research examined the quality of the phonological representations of French
children with specific language impairment (SLI) and those with normal language development
(NLD). Twenty-five children with SLI and fifty normally developing children matched on lexical
age level participated in an auditory lexical decision task. The observations gathered in our study
can be summarized as follows. First, children with a higher receptive lexical level performed
better, and this was true both for children with NLD and children with SLI. Second, both children
with NLD and SLI were more likely to reject pseudo-words resulting from a modification affecting
the number of syllables of a word than pseudo-words resulting from a slight modification with the
number of syllables unchanged. This difference, however, was greater for the children with SLI
who appeared to have much difficulty rejecting pseudo-words resulting from slight modifications.
Finally, the performance of children with SLI was particularly poor when presented with pseudowords
resulting from a slight modification at the beginning or the end of a word. These findings
are interpreted as supporting the hypothesis of an underspecification of phonological
representations in children with SLI.
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