Grammatical Development in Children With Language Impairments

Pamela A. Hadley

In: Encyclopedia of Language Development

Grammatical Development in Children With Language Impairments

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  • The expressive power of language is made possible with the acquisition of a productive grammar. Children harness this expressive power as they acquire grammatical knowledge and use it to generate an infinite number of messages from a finite set of words. The acquisition of grammar is delayed for children with language impairments; however, grammatical development follows a typical sequence of development. This has been established with a variety of assessment methods and by comparing the acquisition of grammatical milestones for children with and without language impairments. Deficits in grammatical development are particularly noteworthy for children with specific language impairment (SLI), a condition characterized by unexpected difficulty with language acquisition in the presence of otherwise healthy development. Children with SLI (also known as primary language impairment ...

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