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Mean length of utterance and Syntax in Konkani

Dessai, Rashmi Deepak and Karanth, Pratibha and Dessai, Teja Deepak (2009) Mean length of utterance and Syntax in Konkani. Language in India: Strenght for Todayand Bright Hope for Tomorrow, 49. pp. 1-13.

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Abstract

Mean Length of Utterance (or MLU) is a measure of linguistic productivity in children. A higher MLU is taken to indicate a higher level of language proficiency. It is calculated in morphemes or in words by dividing the number of morphemes or words by the total number of utterances, with an utterance defined as a sequence of words preceded and followed by change of turn in conversation. The aim of this study was to establish normative data for MLU and acquisition of aspects of syntax in Konkani speaking children in the age range of 3 to 5 years and to find the relation between MLU and the development of syntax. Acquisition of syntax was found to be directly proportional to the MLU. Higher the MLU, higher was the percentage of usage of grammatical forms. These findings can be used to establish age appropriateness of grammatical development in Konkani speaking children in the age range of 3-5 years.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: MLU
Subjects: Allied Health > Mangalore Campus > Speech and Hearing
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2013 09:40
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2013 09:40
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/78071

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