The acquisition of relative clause comprehension in Hebrew: A study of SLI and normal development

Naama Friedmann*, Rama Novogrodsky

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Abstract

Comprehension of relative clauses was assessed in 10 Hebrew-speaking school-age children with syntactic SLI and in two groups of younger children with normal language development. Comprehension of subject-and object-relatives was assessed using a binary sentence-picture matching task. The findings were that while Hebrew-speaking children with normal development comprehend right-branching object relatives around the age of 6;0, children with syntactic SLI are still at chance level in object relatives by age 11;0. The four-year-olds were also at chance on object relatives. Comprehension of subject relatives was good in the SLI group, similar to the six-year-olds, and significantly better than the four-year-olds. The syntactic impairment is interpreted as a selective deficit to non-canonical sentences that are derived by movement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)661-681
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Child Language
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes

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