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Production of change-of-state, change-of-location and alternating verbs: A comparison of children with specific language impairment and typically developing children

Ebbels, SH; Dockrell, JE; van der Lely, HKJ; (2012) Production of change-of-state, change-of-location and alternating verbs: A comparison of children with specific language impairment and typically developing children. Language and Cognitive Processes , 27 (9) pp. 1312-1333. 10.1080/01690965.2011.605598. Green open access

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Abstract

Correct use of verb argument structure relies on accurate verb semantic representations whose formation depends partly on use of reverse linking. We predicted that children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI), who have difficulties with reverse linking, would have inaccurate semantic representations for verbs and hence difficulties with verb argument structure. Fifteen participants with SLI (mean age: 13;1), grammar-matched (GM) (8;3), vocabulary-matched (VM) (8;8), and chronological age-matched (CAM) controls (13;1) described 24 video scenes involving four change-of-state, four change-of-location, and four alternating verbs. All groups performed worse on change-of-state than change-of-location verbs. The participants with SLI performed significantly worse than VM and CAM but not GM controls on change-of-state verbs. However, they did not differ from any group on alternating or change-of-location verbs. We concluded young people with persistent SLI have difficulties with aspects of verb argument structure into their teenage years.

Type: Article
Title: Production of change-of-state, change-of-location and alternating verbs: A comparison of children with specific language impairment and typically developing children
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/01690965.2011.605598
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01690965.2011.605598
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Linguistics, psychology, experimental, verb argument structure, specific language impairment, early adult life, argument structure, follow-up, structural limits, acquisition, syntax, sli, semantics, outcomes, vocabulary
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1509854
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