Date of Award

Spring 1997

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Kelly, Donna J.

Second Advisor

Watkins, Ruth

Third Advisor

Linville, Sue Ellen

Abstract

Speech- language pathologists employing child- directed and/or hybrid (Fey, 1986) intervention strategies have traditionally utilized the motherese/ "adult input " literature to select child- specific therapeutic techniques (Fey, 1986 ; Paul, 1 995). Although previous studies have noted that particular language models facilitated language acquisition in normally developing children, the present investigation is the first to contrast the children ' s responses to five different models. Specifically, this investigation examined the immediate responses of 15 normally developing children to the following adult language models: self talk , parallel talk, expansion, expatiation, and build up and breakdown. Of particular interest were the type of responses provided (e. g., verbal response, nonlinguistic response, no response) and the length of the verbal responses provided. Results were interpreted as evidence of both individual and group trends.

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