Semantic Development in Children With Language Impairments

Li Sheng

In: Encyclopedia of Language Development

Semantic Development in Children With Language Impairments

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  • Semantics refers to the study of meaning. Children with language impairment have deficits mapping linguistic forms to their meanings and organizing these mappings into interconnected networks. This entry presents theories and methods for studying semantic development and describes the nature and extent of semantic deficits in selected populations of children with language impairment. Assessment and intervention options for addressing these deficits are also presented.

    The Semantic Network Model

    In the semantic network model, Allan Collins posits that long-term semantic knowledge is organized into networks of interconnected conceptual nodes. For instance, the concept of school bus is linked to related concepts such as fire truck and yellow, which are linked to associated concepts such as hose and banana. A key processing property of semantic networks is spreading activation, ...

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