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The development of a framework for assessing developing conversational skills

Susan Rumble, Karen Malan
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 37, No 1 | a285 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v37i1.285 | © 2019 Susan Rumble, Karen Malan | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 October 2016 | Published: 31 December 1990

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Susan Rumble, Hearing and Speech Clinic, Tygerberg Hospital, South Africa
Karen Malan, Department of Logopaedics, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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A framework for investigating the development of conversational skills in children, comprising the areas of the topic control, repair of communication breakdown and linguistic cohesion, was devised. This was undertaken by a process of collating information from some existing pragmatic profiles and the development literature. The framework was them modified inductively to accommodate features of the data obtained from 12 normally developing English-speaking children in the age groups three, four and five years. A number of age-related trends emerged that were supported by the developmental literature. This study emphasizes the need for the development of more refined pragmatic assessment procedures which will aid the collection of normative data presently lacking.


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