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Non-word repetition: An investigation of phonological complexity in children with Grammatical SLI

Gallon, N; Harris, J; Van der Lely, H; (2007) Non-word repetition: An investigation of phonological complexity in children with Grammatical SLI. CLIN LINGUIST PHONET , 21 (6) 435 - 455. 10.1080/02699200701299982.

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Abstract

We investigate whether children with Grammatical Specific Language Impairment ( G- SLI) are also phonologically impaired and, if so, what the nature of that impairment is. We focus on the prosodic complexity of words, based on their syllabic and metrical ( stress) structure, and investigate this using a novel non- word repetition procedure, the Test of Phonological Structure ( TOPhS). Participants with G- SLI ( aged 12 - 20 years) were compared to language- matched, typically developing children ( aged 4 8 years). The results reveal that, in contrast to the controls, the accuracy with which the G- SLI group repeated non- words decreased as prosodic complexity increased, even in non- words with only one- and two- syllables. The study indicates that, in G- SLI, complexity deficits in morphology and syntax can extend to prosodic phonology. The study highlights the importance of taking into account prosodic complexity in phonological assessment and the design of non- word repetition procedures.

Type:Article
Title:Non-word repetition: An investigation of phonological complexity in children with Grammatical SLI
DOI:10.1080/02699200701299982
Keywords:SLI, G-SLI, phonological complexity, prosodic complexity, non-word repetition, DEVELOPMENTAL LANGUAGE IMPAIRMENT, NONWORD REPETITION, MEMORY, COMPREHENSION, VOCABULARY, DEFICITS, RULES
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > Linguistics
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences

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