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Title: Language in Boys with Fragile X Syndrome
Author: Yonata Levy
Institution: Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Author: Riki Gottesman
Institution: Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Linguistic Field: Neurolinguistics; Syntax
Subject Language: Hebrew
Abstract: The current paper reports of language production in 15 Hebrew-speaking boys, aged 9;0–13;0, with fully methylated, non-mosaic fragile X syndrome and no concomitant diagnosis of autism. Contrary to expectations, seven children were non-verbal. Language production in the verbal children was studied in free conversations and in context-bound speech. Despite extra caution in calculating mean lengh of utterance, participants' language level was not predicted by MLU. Context bound speech resulted in grammatically more advanced performance than free conversation, and performance in both contexts differed in important ways from performance of typically developing MLU-matched controls. The relevance of MLU as a predictor of productive grammar in disordered populations is briefly discussed.

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This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 33, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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