Children with developmental language disorders (DLD) have impaired morphosyntactic abilities despite age-appropriate nonverbal cognitive abilities and no hearing disorders or brain injury. The persistent omission of third-person object clitic pronouns (3DO clitics) has been proven to be a clinical marker of developmental language disorders (DLD) for both preschool and school-aged Italian-speaking children. According to the model of 3DO clitic derivation recently brought to attention, 3DO clitic omission is a morphosyntactic matter and, therefore, we argue that the production of 3DO clitics can be enhanced through morphosyntactic priming in children with DLD. To corroborate this hypothesis, we administered a 3DO clitic training based on a morphosyntactic priming paradigm to 23 typically developing (TD) children and 11 children with DLD. Results show that their 3DO clitic production is enhanced after the training and that these effects are persistent in time. Our results suggest that a priming-based training can concretely help children with DLD in their language development.

Bettelli, G., Guasti, M., Ajmone, P., Tenca, E., Arosio, F. (2023). The effect of a priming-based training on the production of object clitic pronouns in Italian speaking children with DLD. CLINICAL LINGUISTICS & PHONETICS, 1-34 [10.1080/02699206.2023.2233049].

The effect of a priming-based training on the production of object clitic pronouns in Italian speaking children with DLD

Bettelli G.
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Guasti M. T.;Arosio F.
2023

Abstract

Children with developmental language disorders (DLD) have impaired morphosyntactic abilities despite age-appropriate nonverbal cognitive abilities and no hearing disorders or brain injury. The persistent omission of third-person object clitic pronouns (3DO clitics) has been proven to be a clinical marker of developmental language disorders (DLD) for both preschool and school-aged Italian-speaking children. According to the model of 3DO clitic derivation recently brought to attention, 3DO clitic omission is a morphosyntactic matter and, therefore, we argue that the production of 3DO clitics can be enhanced through morphosyntactic priming in children with DLD. To corroborate this hypothesis, we administered a 3DO clitic training based on a morphosyntactic priming paradigm to 23 typically developing (TD) children and 11 children with DLD. Results show that their 3DO clitic production is enhanced after the training and that these effects are persistent in time. Our results suggest that a priming-based training can concretely help children with DLD in their language development.
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Children; clitics; developmental language disorders; implicit intervention; Italian; morphosyntactic priming;
English
14-lug-2023
2023
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Bettelli, G., Guasti, M., Ajmone, P., Tenca, E., Arosio, F. (2023). The effect of a priming-based training on the production of object clitic pronouns in Italian speaking children with DLD. CLINICAL LINGUISTICS & PHONETICS, 1-34 [10.1080/02699206.2023.2233049].
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