EXPERIMENTAL STUDIES OF LANGUAGE LEARNING PROCESSES

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

The long-term objectives are to improve the treatment of children
with specific language impairment through the evolution and
rigorous assessment of new treatment procedures. A series of
experimental studies will sample more rigorously than prior studies
the spontaneous speech of children before and after treatment in
order to determine whether treatment led to genuine advances in
available language structures and also to the children's
widespread, generalized use of these new language structures in
ordinary conversational contexts. Through rigorous specification
of comparable language targets the experiments will determine the
relative efficacy of conversationally-based but explicit treatment
as contrasted with conversationally-disembedded but equally
explicit imitation training. Through internal analyses of learning
across all phases of the experiments by both language-impaired and
normal children improvements are anticipated in process models, in
treatment efficiency, and in matching of individual children to
appropriate treatment variations.

The experiments will also assess directly the degrees to which
language-impaired children and language-normal children learn in
the same way and the same rates when learning opportunities are
closely equated. In addition the project will assess the roles in
language learning of target frequency and pretreatment
comprehension levels. Finally, the project will explore effective
ways of combining imitation procedures with conversational recast
procedures.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date12/31/8912/31/01

Funding

  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: $429,106.00
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

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