Investigating the effects of syllable complexity in Russian-speaking children with SLI.
Date of Original Version
This study examined the effect of number of syllables and syllable structure on repetition of pseudo-words by Russian-speaking children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) and typically developing (TD) children. One hundred and forty-four pseudo-words, varying in length and syllable complexity, were presented to two groups of children: 15 children with SLI, age range 4 ; 0 to 8 ; 8, and 15 TD children matched in age to the SLI group. The number of errors in the repetition of pseudo-words was analyzed in terms of the number of syllables and syllable complexity. The results demonstrated that children with SLI have deficits in working memory capacity. In addition to the pseudo-word length, the repetition performance was affected by syllable structure complexity.
Journal of child language
Kavitskaya, Darya, Maria Babyonyshev, Theodore Walls, and Elena Grigorenko. "Investigating the effects of syllable complexity in Russian-speaking children with SLI.." Journal of child language 38, 5 (2011): 979-998. doi:10.1017/S0305000910000413.