project . 2007 - 2007 . Closed

Syntactic development in high-functioning individuals with Down Sydrome

UK Research and Innovation
  • Funder: UK Research and InnovationProject code: AH/E001254/1
  • Funded under: AHRC Funder Contribution: 22,802 GBP
  • Status: Closed
  • Start Date
    30 Apr 2007
    End Date
    30 Jul 2007
Description
This project investigates complex syntax in individuals with Down Syndrome. Subjects are intitally selected on the basis of parental/caretaker report of the subject's ability to read. Both comprehension and production are studied. Our results indicate that about a third the 25 subjects who have taken part have an ability to comprehend and produce complex sentence structures well beyond the three year old age equivalent level often reported in the literature. For example, some of our subjects understand the difference between 'John is eager to kiss' (John kisses someone) and 'John is easy to kiss' (John is kissed by someone). This contrast is not generally master...
Description
This project investigates complex syntax in individuals with Down Syndrome. Subjects are intitally selected on the basis of parental/caretaker report of the subject's ability to read. Both comprehension and production are studied. Our results indicate that about a third the 25 subjects who have taken part have an ability to comprehend and produce complex sentence structures well beyond the three year old age equivalent level often reported in the literature. For example, some of our subjects understand the difference between 'John is eager to kiss' (John kisses someone) and 'John is easy to kiss' (John is kissed by someone). This contrast is not generally master...
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