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Title: Tense and aspect in childhood language impairment: Contributions from Hungarian
Author: Laurence B. Leonard
Institution: Purdue University
Author: Ágnes Lukács
Institution: Budapest University of Technology & Economics
Author: Bence Kas
Institution: Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics
Subject Language: Hungarian
Abstract: Previous studies of children with language impairment (LI) reveal an insensitivity to aspect that may constitute part of the children's deficit. In this study, we examine aspect as well as tense in Hungarian-speaking children with LI. Twenty-one children with LI, 21 TD children matched for age, and 21 TD children matched for receptive vocabulary scores were tested on their comprehension and production of both imperfective and perfective verb forms in past tense contexts. Although the groups did not differ in their comprehension performance, the children with LI were less accurate than both comparison groups in producing both imperfective and perfective forms. Based on these results, it appears that children with LI have difficulties selecting the appropriate aspectual marking in past tense contexts.


This article appears IN Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 33, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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