Effects of immediate and cumulative syntactic experience in language impairment: Evidence from priming of subject relatives in children with SLI

Garraffa, Maria, Coco, Moreno and Branigan, Holly P (2015) Effects of immediate and cumulative syntactic experience in language impairment: Evidence from priming of subject relatives in children with SLI. Language Learning and Development, 11 (1). pp. 18-40. ISSN 1547-5441

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Abstract

We investigated the production of subject relative clauses (SRc) in Italian pre-school children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) and age-matched typically-developing children (TD) controls. In a structural priming paradigm, children described pictures after hearing the experimenter produce a bare noun or an SRc description, as part of a picture matching task. In a sentence repetition task, children repeated SRc. In the priming paradigm, children with SLI produced SRc after hearing the experimenter use SRc with the same or different lexical content; the magnitude of this priming effect was the same as in TDC. However, children with SLI showed a smaller cumulative priming effect than TDC. Children with SLI showed superior SRc performance in picture-matching than in sentence repetition. We propose that children with SLI have an abstract representation of SRc that can be facilitated by prior exposure, but exhibit impaired implicit learning mechanisms.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2021 00:08
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2021 01:23
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/80947
DOI: 10.1080/15475441.2013.876277

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