Three Measures of Language Production for Cantonese-Speaking School-Age Children in a Story-Retelling Task

Wong, Anita M.-Y.; Au, Cecilia W.-S.; Stokes, Stephanie F.
October 2004
Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research;Oct2004, Vol. 47 Issue 5, p1164
Academic Journal
Little is known about language development in school-age children in Asian countries. This research reports on 3 measures of language development in 100 Cantonese-speaking children age 5 to 9 years. Word scores, structure scores, and the mean length of communication units (MLCU) were derived from a storyretelling task. The structure score was significantly different for all, except the 8- and 9-year-old groups. The word score and MLCU were significantly different in groups separated by 2 or more years of age. All 3 measures were strongly and significantly correlated with age. The structure score and word score accounted for 64% and 5% of the variance in age, respectively. The order of development of the 6 grammatical structures (e.g., subordinate clauses) included in this study is also reported.


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