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Pragmatic language development and correlation with vocabulary ability of 4- to 10-year-old typically developing Korean children using audio-visual discourse tasks

Title
Pragmatic language development and correlation with vocabulary ability of 4- to 10-year-old typically developing Korean children using audio-visual discourse tasks
Authors
Song S.Kim Y.T.Lee S.Kim J.A.
Ewha Authors
김영태
SCOPUS Author ID
김영태scopus
Issue Date
2017
Journal Title
Communication Sciences and Disorders
ISSN
2288-1328JCR Link
Citation
vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 218 - 232
Keywords
Pragmatic languagePragmatic language assessmentPragmatic language development
Publisher
Korean Academy of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Indexed
SCOPUS scopus
Abstract
Objectives: The field of pragmatics studies language use, which is parallel to structural language such as phonology and grammar. Pragmatic language is considered difficult to assess in a standardized way, because of its variability depending on context. Likewise, the number of studies on pragmatic language development is relatively small compared to other areas, and Korean researchers are often dependent on the results of foreign studies. Methods: Forty-one children participated in this study, divided into three age groups: preschool (4-6 years), elementary school (7-8 years), and middle school (9-10 years). The Korean Pragmatic Language Assessment for Children (KOPLAC) was used for pragmatic language assessment. It consists of three sub-domains: communication regulation, story rules & inference information, and metalanguage awareness. Results: As expected, pragmatic language abilities improve with age. Every matching of age groups and every sub-domain compared by age group showed statistically significant differences. In particular, communication regulation and indirect expressions were domains that showed greater score gaps between age groups. In general, the correlations between pragmatic language abilities and vocabulary abilities were significant. Conclusion: This study confirms that children show developmental growth in pragmatic language. In further studies, a greater selection of the population should be involved, and other assessment tools could be used to get more information about pragmatic language development. © 2017 Korean Academy of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
DOI
10.12963/csd.17372
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사범대학 > 언어병리학과 > Journal papers
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