Characterising developmental language impairment in Serbian-speaking children: a preliminary investigation
Vukovic, M. and Stojanovik, V. (2011) Characterising developmental language impairment in Serbian-speaking children: a preliminary investigation. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 25 (3). pp. 187-197. ISSN 0269-9206
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To link to this article DOI: 10.3109/02699206.2010.521611
The aim of the article is to provide preliminary data on the use of auxiliaries and clitics in Serbian-speaking children with developmental language impairment. Two groups of children (a group of 30 children with developmental language impairment and a group of 30 typically developing children) aged between 48 and 83 months and matched on IQ took part in the study. They were asked to tell a story from a series of four pictures. The results showed that the children with language impairment omitted significantly more auxiliary verbs and clitics than the controls. In addition, the rate of omission of auxiliaries and clitics did not decrease with increasing chronological age. We conclude that, as in other languages, auxiliary verbs and clitics are particularly difficult for Serbian-speaking children with language impairment.