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The production of coherent narrative texts by older language impaired children

Sharon Tuch
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 24, No 1 | a378 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v24i1.378 | © 1977 Sharon Tuch | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 November 1977 | Published: 15 November 1977

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Sharon Tuch, Speech Therapy Department, Transvaal Memorial Hospital for Children, South Africa

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A group of  4 language-impaired children, 9 years old, and a group of 4 control children with no language problems were compared on an aspect of  'communicative competence' - their ability to produce coherent narrative texts (sequences of  sentences) which were semantically coherent and appropriate to the situational context. A test was devised by the writer, comprising stories presented to the children through a number of sensory modalities. The narrative texts elicited from  the 2 groups were compared on a number of  measures of  semantic cohesion and measures of  general semantic content (or appropriateness to the situational context). The performance of the language-impaired children appeared to be inferior  to the control group on all the measures of semantic cohesion and general semantic content , supporting the hypothesis that the language-impaired group would perform  inferiorly  to the control group on an aspect of 'communicative competence'. The implications of  the study's findings for the diagnosis and treatment of  expressive language problems in the older child were discussed.

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