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Title: Factors accounting for the ability of children with SLI to learn agreement morphemes in intervention
Author: Monika Pawłowska
Institution: Purdue University
Author: Laurence B. Leonard
Institution: Purdue University
Author: Stephen M. Camarata
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Author: Barbara Brown
Institution: Purdue University
Author: Mary N. Camarata
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Psycholinguistics
Abstract: The aim of this study was to uncover factors accounting for the ability of children with specific language impairment (SLI) to learn agreement morphemes in intervention. Twenty-five children with SLI who participated in a six-month intervention program focused on teaching third person singular -s or auxiliary is/are/was showed a wide range of use of the target morpheme after intervention. Regression analyses showed that age and two factors expected to be related to agreement – the use of noun plural -s and subject/verb constructions prior to intervention – significantly predicted progress in the acquisition of agreement morphemes. In contrast, the pretreatment use of morphemes hypothesized to be unrelated to agreement was not a significant predictor of progress. The results indicate that the ability of children with SLI to learn agreement morphemes relies on their prior ability to use noun plural and subject/verb constructions.

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