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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30024778/interpretation-of-compound-words-by-greek-speaking-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-plus-language-impairment-asd-li
#1
Maria Kambanaros, Nikoletta Christou, Kleanthes K Grohmann
The language abilities of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are highly variable. More insight is needed into the mechanisms that underlie co-morbid language impairments (LI) in children with ASD (henceforth, ASD-LI) across complex lexical and/or grammatical phenomena, particularly for languages beyond English. The present study tested the comprehension and production of two-constituent compound words at the single-word level for Greek (e.g., pondikopayiδa 'mouse trap'). The Compound Word Test, measured on a range of psycholinguistic variables, was used to assess the (compound) constitutent recognition, comprehension/definition, and production of compositional noun-noun compounds in four school-aged children diagnosed with ASD-LI...
July 19, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29993293/multilingual-english-mandarin-malay-phonological-error-patterns-an-initial-cross-sectional-study-of-2-to-4-years-old-malaysian-chinese-children
#2
Hui W Lim
Child multilingual phonological errors are under-explored. Cross-linguistic studies suggest monolingual children make phonological errors that are subject to effects of language universality and ambient language characteristics. Bilingual Chinese children were observed to use not only typical, but also atypical phonological errors compared to monolingual peers acquiring similar languages. Atypical errors are a result of specific bilingual pair effects. Close-language-relatedness (Cantonese-Mandarin) is claimed to be responsible for the nonexistence of atypical errors in both languages, whilst distant-language-relatedness (Cantonese-English) is observed to cause atypical errors in both languages...
July 11, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29985668/normative-nasalance-scores-for-estonian-children
#3
Lagle Lehes, Reet Horn, Pärtel Lippus, Marika Padrik, Priit Kasenõmm, Triin Jagomägi
Normative nasalance scores are essential for the treatment and assessment purposes for clinicians. Till date, no studies have been done on nasalance in Estonia. This research was conducted to develop Estonia-specific optimized speech stimuli for Nasometer II and establish the normative nasalance scores. Ninety-two randomly selected healthy and 14 cleft palate Estonian monolingual children, aged four to seven years, were included as participants. Estonian language-specific test material was developed. The Estonian test material consisted of 24 speech stimuli...
July 9, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29985657/introducing-wcm-se-the-word-complexity-measure-phonetically-justified-and-adapted-to-swedish
#4
Ulrika Marklund, Ellen Marklund, Iris-Corinna Schwarz, Francisco Lacerda
This paper presents the Word Complexity Measure for Swedish (WCM-SE), an adaptation of the original WCM developed for English by Stoel-Gammon. These measures are used to calculate the phonological complexity of words or vocalizations, based on a number of phonological complexity parameters. Each production receives a complexity score based on how many of the parameters are present in the production. Using phonological complexity scores to measure expressive phonology is suitable for assessing very young children, children with early phonology and children with phonological deficits...
July 9, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29969299/articulation-or-phonology-evidence-from-longitudinal-error-data
#5
Barbara Dodd, Sheena Reilly, Kyriaki Ttofari Eecen, Angela T Morgan
Children's speech difficulties can be motor (phone misarticulation) or linguistic (impaired knowledge of phonological contrasts and constraints). These two difficulties sometimes co-occur. This paper reports longitudinal data from the Early Language in Victoria Study (ELVS) at 4 and 7 years of age. Of 1494 participants, 93 made non-age appropriate speech errors on standardised assessments at 4 years, and were able to be reassessed at 7 years. At 4 years, 85% of these children only made phonological errors, 14% made both articulation and phonological errors and one child only made articulation errors (a lateral lisp)...
July 3, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29939796/are-there-prototypical-associations-between-time-frames-and-aspectual-values-evidence-from-greek-aphasia-and-healthy-ageing
#6
Valantis Fyndanis, Charalambos Themistocleous
Time reference, which has been found to be selectively impaired in agrammatic aphasia, is often interwoven with grammatical aspect. A recent study on Russian aphasia found that time reference and aspect interact: Past reference was less impaired when tested within a perfective aspect context (compared to when tested within an imperfective aspect context), and reference to the non-past was less impaired when tested within an imperfective aspect context (compared to when tested within a perfective aspect context)...
June 25, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29913085/a-software-program-to-assist-coding-of-prelinguistic-vocalizations-in-real-time
#7
Elisabeth Willadsen, Christina Persson, Duncan Appelbe
Numerous studies have confirmed that prelinguistic utterances are precursors to speech, and there is ample evidence that, for example, frequency of canonical syllables and syllable inventory size correlate with speech and language measures at older ages. Traditionally, prelinguistic utterances have been assessed by phonetic transcription which is difficult and time-consuming in infants. Recently, a more time-efficient methodology to assess prelinguistic utterances in real time, called naturalistic listening, was developed (Ramsdell et al...
June 18, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29873568/rhythmic-speech-and-stuttering-reduction-in-a-syllable-timed-language
#8
Thomas Law, Ann Packman, Mark Onslow, Carol K-S To, Michael C-F Tong, Kathy Y-S Lee
Speaking rhythmically, also known as syllable-timed speech (STS), has been known for centuries to be a fluency-inducing condition for people who stutter. Cantonese is a tonal syllable-timed language and it has been shown that, of all languages, Cantonese is the most rhythmic (Mok, 2009). However, it is not known if STS reduces stuttering in Cantonese as it does in English. This is the first study to investigate the effects of STS on stuttering in a syllable-timed language. Nineteen native Cantonese-speaking adults who stutter were engaged in conversational tasks in Cantonese under two conditions: one in their usual speaking style and one using STS...
June 6, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29856661/a-hispanic-mother-s-beliefs-about-stuttering-aetiology-a-systemic-functional-linguistic-analysis
#9
Angela M Medina
The aim of this study was to identify the linguistic resources a Hispanic mother used to convey her beliefs about the aetiology of her adult son's stuttering. A qualitative research paradigm was adopted for data collection and analysis. An Ecuadorian mother and her adult son who stutters recorded a conversation in Spanish about the son's stuttering. Tools derived from systemic functional linguistic (SFL) theory were used to analyse conversation transcripts and to describe the word choices and sentence structures the mother used to talk about her son's stuttering...
June 1, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792525/modelling-category-goodness-judgments-in-children-with-residual-sound-errors
#10
Sarah Hamilton Dugan, Noah Silbert, Tara McAllister, Jonathan L Preston, Carolyn Sotto, Suzanne E Boyce
This study investigates category goodness judgments of /r/ in adults and children with and without residual speech errors (RSEs) using natural speech stimuli. Thirty adults, 38 children with RSE (ages 7-16) and 35 age-matched typically developing (TD) children provided category goodness judgments on whole words, recorded from 27 child speakers, with /r/ in various phonetic environments. The salient acoustic property of /r/ - the lowered third formant (F3) - was normalized in two ways. A logistic mixed-effect model quantified the relationships between listeners' responses and the third formant frequency, vowel context and clinical group status...
May 24, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781753/patterns-in-german-%C3%AA-c-cluster-acquisition
#11
Mehmet Yavaș, Annette Fox-Boyer, Blanca Schaefer
This study reports on the developmental patterns of /ʃC/ clusters in 145 normally developing monolingual German-speaking children between 2;00 and 2;11. All children completed a picture naming task to allow a systematic qualitative analysis of the production patterns. Children's reductions of target /ʃC/clusters are examined and are evaluated with respect to two models, 'factorial typology' and 'headedness', to account for them. The results reveal expected patterns of C2 retention for '/ʃ/+[-continuant]' (e...
May 21, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775094/developmental-dyslexia-and-specific-language-impairment-distinct-syntactic-profiles
#12
Hélène Delage, Stephanie Durrleman
Recent work exploring syntax in developmental dyslexia (DD) has identified morphosyntactic deficits, striking parallelisms between children with DD and specific language impairment (SLI). The question remains open if the underlying causes for such deficits are related to difficulties in phonology, which is affected in DD, or to working memory, as has been previously reported for SLI. We focus on the production of third person accusative clitic pronouns (ACC3) and of homophonous definite determiners in French-speaking children with DD and SLI as well as typically developing (TD) controls...
May 18, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29723069/prosodic-and-segmental-aspects-of-nonword-repetition-in-4-to-6-year-old-children-who-are-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-compared-to-controls-with-normal-hearing
#13
Simon Sundström, Ulrika Löfkvist, Björn Lyxell, Christina Samuelsson
Children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) are at an increased risk of speech and language deficits. Nonword repetition (NWR) is a potential predictor of problems with phonology, grammar and lexicon in DHH children. The aim of the present study was to examine repetition of prosodic features and segments in nonwords by DHH children compared to children with normal hearing (NH) and to relate NWR performance to measures of language ability and background variables. In this cross-sectional study, 14 Swedish-speaking children with mild-profound sensorineural hearing loss, aged 4-6 years, and 29 age-matched controls with NH and typical language development participated...
May 3, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672170/the-boundaries-of-auditory-perception-for-within-word-syllable-segregation-in-untrained-and-trained-adult-listeners
#14
Tayla Brown, Elizabeth Murray, Patricia McCabe
Syllable segregation is among the core diagnostic features of both childhood apraxia of speech and acquired apraxia of speech; however, little is known about the limen of perception of syllable segregation. The purpose of this research was therefore to explore adult listeners' auditory perception of within-word syllable segregation in trained and untrained adult listeners. Two experimental design studies, each with two phases, were conducted. Study one included 40 untrained listeners (aged 18-28 years), and study two included 5 trained listeners (10-25 years of experience)...
April 19, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29634359/the-development-of-a-vocabulary-for-peeps-se-profiles-of-early-expressive-phonological-skills-for-swedish
#15
Ulrika Marklund, Francisco Lacerda, Anna Persson, Anette Lohmander
This paper describes the development of a vocabulary for Profiles of Early Expressive Phonological Skills for Swedish (PEEPS-SE), a tool for assessment of expressive phonology in Swedish-learning children in the age range of 18-36 months. PEEPS-SE is the Swedish version of the original PEEPS, Profiles of Early Expressive Phonological Skills, which uses two age-adequate word lists-a basic word list (BWL) for the assessment of 18-24-month-old children, to which an expanded word list (EWL) is added for assessment of 24-36-month-old children, or children with more than 250 words in their expressive vocabulary...
April 10, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29580108/the-feasibility-of-assessing-speech-and-non-speech-function-of-the-speech-apparatus-in-adults-with-cerebral-palsy
#16
Theresa Schölderle, Anja Staiger, Wolfram Ziegler
This short note reports on observations concerning the feasibility of a set of speech and non-speech assessment tasks in an investigation of dysarthria in 21 adults (15 males/6 females; median 23 years) with cerebral palsy and concomitant cognitive impairment. The participants were assessed with nine tasks representing standard components of clinical dysarthria assessment (i.e. six speech and three non-speech tasks). The tasks were evaluated for their feasibility on the basis of common clinical criteria. Our results indicated that, overall, speech tasks were more feasible than non-speech tasks...
March 26, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29543506/the-lidcombe-program-and-child-language-development-long-term-assessment
#17
Juliet Imeson, Robyn Lowe, Mark Onslow, Natalie Munro, Rob Heard, Sue O'Brian, Simone Arnott
This study was driven by the need to understand the mechanisms underlying Lidcombe Program treatment efficacy. The aim of the present study was to extend existing data exploring whether stuttering reductions observed when children successfully treated with the Lidcombe Program are associated with restricted language development. Audio recordings of 10-min parent-child conversations at home were transcribed verbatim for 11 pre-school-age children with various stuttering severities. Language samples from three assessments-pre-treatment, 9 and 18 months after beginning treatment-were analysed using SALT software for lexical diversity, utterance length and sentence complexity...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29513613/time-reference-in-nonfluent-and-fluent-aphasia-a-cross-linguistic-test-of-the-past-discourse-linking-hypothesis
#18
Valantis Fyndanis, Giorgio Arcara, Rita Capasso, Paraskevi Christidou, Serena De Pellegrin, Marialuisa Gandolfi, Lambros Messinis, Evgenia Panagea, Panagiotis Papathanasopoulos, Nicola Smania, Carlo Semenza, Gabriele Miceli
Recent studies by Bastiaanse and colleagues found that time reference is selectively impaired in people with nonfluent agrammatic aphasia, with reference to the past being more difficult to process than reference to the present or to the future. To account for this dissociation, they formulated the PAst DIscourse LInking Hypothesis (PADILIH), which posits that past reference is more demanding than present/future reference because it involves discourse linking. There is some evidence that this hypothesis can be applied to people with fluent aphasia as well...
March 7, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29494261/sentence-production-in-parkinson-s-disease
#19
Jessica Dick, Jennifer Fredrick, Grace Man, Jessica E Huber, Jiyeon Lee
While growing evidence reports changes in language use in non-demented individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD), the presence and nature of the deficits remain largely unclear. Researchers have proposed that dysfunctioning fronto-basal ganglia circuit results in impaired grammatical processes, predicting qualitatively similar language impairments between individuals with PD and agrammatic Broca's aphasia, whereas others suggest that PD is not associated with language-specific grammatical impairment. In addition, there is a paucity of research examining syntactic production in PD at the sentence-level...
March 1, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29393703/dichotic-listening-and-sentence-repetition-performance-in-children-with-reading-difficulties
#20
Mária Gósy, Ruth Huntley Bahr, Dorottya Gyarmathy, András Beke
Numerous investigations have identified weaknesses in speech processing and language skills in children with dyslexia; however, little is known about these abilities in children with reading difficulties (RD). The primary objective of this investigation was to determine the utility of auditory speech processing tasks in differentiating children with RD from those with typical reading skills. It was hypothesized that children, who perform below grade level in reading, would also show poorer performance on both dichotic listening and sentence repetition tasks because of the reciprocal influences of deficient auditory speech processing and language abilities...
February 2, 2018: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
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