SRCLD Presentation Details
Article substitutions in Spanish nominal phrases: A comparative study of children with and without Language Impairment
Alejandra Auza -
Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro
- Language Impairment, School Age
Although the emergence of Spanish articles appears early on, children with Typical Language Development (TLD) and children with Language Impairment (LI) continue to commit semantic and pragmatic errors and substitutions.
Even though many article substitutions cannot be considered errors, their analysis can provide information about the pragmatic and semantic perspectives of children between 4;0 and 8;0 years, represented by grammatical markers other than articles.
The first aim of this study was to analyze the use of grammatical markers which were produced in substitution of an article. The second goal of this study was to compare the use of these markers between children with and without LI.
Results indicated that articles were substituted by demonstratives, possessives, numerals and omissions. Although all groups of children produced the same kinds of markers, significant differences were found only in some of them.
The discussion is centered on the semantic characteristics of substitutions and their relationship to the article system. This work contributes to the understanding of NP patterns in school-aged years in Spanish-speaking children.