Date of Degree

9-2016

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Program

Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Advisor

Richard G. Schwartz

Committee Members

Valerie L. Shafer

Yuki Hirose

William McClure

Subject Categories

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Keywords

SLI, sentence comprehension, relative clause, Japanese, working memory

Abstract

Comprehension of sentences with relative clauses was examined in Japanese-speaking children with SLI and children with TLD. The children with SLI showed comparable comprehension with the TLD peers, when the language and memory tests’ scores were controlled. The children with TLD consistently had difficulties in OR sentences than SR sentences, in spite of that Japanese relative clauses are different from English ones. The children with SLI showed the opposite pattern. Working memory rather than language knowledge predicted better the comprehension performance for all the children.

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