Efficacy of using simile completion tasks as a measure to evaluate the figurative language abilities in adolescentsaged between 10-15 years

Karuppali, Sudhin and Bhat, Jayashree S. (2015) Efficacy of using simile completion tasks as a measure to evaluate the figurative language abilities in adolescentsaged between 10-15 years. Research Journal of English Language and Literature (RJELAL), 3 (S1). pp. 140-147. ISSN 2395-2636

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Abstract

Language development is an ongoing process. The understanding of figurative expressions such as similes begins during the preschool years with subsequent improvement throughout childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood. Studies pertaining to the development of such higher language skills are limited, especially in a multilingual setup like India. Participants were divided into six groups (10-10.11,11-11.11, 12-12.11, 13-13.11, 14-14.11 and 15–15.11 years), with each group consisting of 5 children each. The groups selected for the present study were also classified into the Piaget’s cognitive stages. The participants were required to fill in the incomplete figurative expressions (similes). The responses were recorded. Univariate Analysis of Variance was employed to determine the main significant difference across two variables - chronological group and the cognitive stage. Results revealed a significant main effect in the means of the accurate responses for the simile completion tasks across the chronological as well as the cognitive groups. The results of the present studyrevealed a steady increase in the comprehension of figurative expressions which was in accordance to other studies that were done on similar lines. The ability to understand similes follows a developmental pattern, and probably continues to develop even after 15 years. The responses obtained by the participants in the present study improved with age there by suggesting that the amount and quality of knowledge that a child possesses concerning a figurative expression, does play an important role in the child's comprehension of such higher language aspects.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: simile, figurative, development, adolescent
Subjects: Allied Health > Mangalore Campus > Speech and Hearing
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 27 May 2015 11:21
Last Modified: 27 May 2015 11:21
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/142796

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