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Title: Investigating the effects of syllable complexity in Russian-speaking children with SLI
Author: Darya Kavitskaya
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Institution: Yale University
Author: Maria A. Babyonyshev
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Author: Theodore Walls
Institution: University of Rhode Island, USA
Author: Elena Grigorenko
Institution: Yale University
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Phonology; Psycholinguistics
Subject Language: Russian
Abstract: This study examined the effect of number of syllables and syllable structure on repetition of pseudo-words by Russian-speaking children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) and typically developing (TD) children. One hundred and forty-four pseudo-words, varying in length and syllable complexity, were presented to two groups of children: 15 children with SLI, age range 4 ; 0 to 8 ; 8, and 15 TD children matched in age to the SLI group. The number of errors in the repetition of pseudo-words was analyzed in terms of the number of syllables and syllable complexity. The results demonstrated that children with SLI have deficits in working memory capacity. In addition to the pseudo-word length, the repetition performance was affected by syllable structure complexity.

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