Language comprehension and non-word repetition in children with language impairment

Birgitta Sahlén, Christina Reuterskiold, Ulrika Nettelbladt, Karl Radeborg

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Non-word repetition has, not without controversy, been considered a reliable index of phonological memory in children with language impairment (LI). Recent studies do, however, emphasize the strong link between non-word repetition skills and phonological output in pre-school children with LI. The purpose of the present study was to explore the relationship between non-word repetition and different aspects of language comprehension (comprehension of words, sentences and fables) in 27 children with LI. The results showed that non-word repetition signifcantly correlated with all measures of language comprehension in the children with LI. Partial correlations revealed a weaker relationship between vocabulary comprehension, comprehension of fables and non-word repetition than between non-word repetition and comprehension of grammar. A possible explanation for the findings may be that the tests assessing comprehension of grammar strained language processing and storage more than the other tests. It is concluded that non-word repetition cannot be considered to be a single, reliable index of phonological memory in pre-school children with LI. Non-word repetition incorporates a range of processes necessary for language comprehension and production, and thus mirrors the general language status of the child.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-380
Number of pages12
JournalClinical Linguistics and Phonetics
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

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Keywords

  • Language comprehension
  • Language impairment
  • Non-word repetition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Linguistics and Language

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Language comprehension and non-word repetition in children with language impairment. / Sahlén, Birgitta; Reuterskiold, Christina; Nettelbladt, Ulrika; Radeborg, Karl.

In: Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, Vol. 13, No. 5, 1999, p. 369-380.

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Sahlén, Birgitta ; Reuterskiold, Christina ; Nettelbladt, Ulrika ; Radeborg, Karl. / Language comprehension and non-word repetition in children with language impairment. In: Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. 1999 ; Vol. 13, No. 5. pp. 369-380.
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