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This study highlights the importance of error analysis in providing a comprehensive profile of an individual's grammatical ability with regard to relative clause (RC) constructions. The aim was to identify error patterns in the production of RCs by English-speaking, school-aged children with specific language impairment (SLI) and to relate them to their level of competence with these structures. Children with SLI (mean age = 6;10, n = 32) and two control groups - a typically developing group matched for age (mean age = 6;11, n = 32) and a younger typically developing group (mean age = 4;9, n = 20), repeated sentences containing RCs that represented a range of syntactic roles. Data are presented on three distinct error patterns - the provision of simple sentences, obligatory relativizer omission and RC conversions. Each is related to the level of competence on RCs that each child has achieved.

Original publication

DOI

10.3109/02699206.2014.882991

Type

Journal article

Journal

Clin Linguist Phon

Publication Date

06/2014

Volume

28

Pages

437 - 449

Keywords

Child, Child Language, Child, Preschool, Female, Humans, Language Development, Language Development Disorders, Language Tests, Linguistics, Male, Semantics, Verbal Behavior, Vocabulary