Grammatical and Pragmatic Properties of Subjects in English SLI

Jeannette Schaeffer, Galina Gordishevsky, Galit Hadar, Aviya Hacohen

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Traditionally, Specific Language Impairment, or SLI, is considered a disorder that affects language, but no other cognitive function, hence the term: Specific Language Impairment. Many researchers nowadays agree that the disorder is even more specific: it mainly affects grammar, while other components of language, such as the lexicon or the pragmatic system remain mostly unimpaired...
In this paper we provide support for the hypothesis that the deficits of children with (grammatical) SLI are restricted to the Computational System. We do this by showing that, unlike normally developing children, language-stage matched children with SLI do not display errors caused by the lack of certain pragmatic principles. However, they do make similar morpho-syntactic errors. These findings contribute to the hypothesis that the Computational System and the Pragmatic System are distinct modules....
Original languageEnglish GB
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition Conference, 2001
StatePublished - 2001


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