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Expressive Bound Morphemes in Malayalam Speaking Children with Down Syndrome.

Publisher : Language in India

Campus : Kochi

School : School of Medicine

Department : Speech Pathology and Audiology

Year : 2014

Abstract : This study is an attempt to examine expressive bound morphemes of Malayalam in 10 children, aged 6-18 years, with Down Syndrome (DS) as compared to 10 typically developing (TD) mental age matched controls. All the participants were having an expressive language level of two-word utterances and were native speakers of Malayalam. The productive use of six high-frequency nominal inflections of Malayalam-Plural /kal/, Accusative /e/, Locative /il/, Genitive /ute/, / Dative case markers kkə/ amp; /nə/ and Conjunction /um/ was investigated using elicited Sentence Imitation Test in Malayalam (SIT-M, Treasa amp; Shyamala, 2013). Results revealed that DS group obtained significantly (plt;0.05) poorer scores than the controls on all the subtests of SIT-M except on accusative case marker /e/. This suggests specific bound morpheme errors in children with DS which could serve as targets for grammatical morphology intervention. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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