Linguistic assessment of children with specifc language impairment with the BVL_4-12

Andrea Marini

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Introduction: Specifc Language Impairments (SLI) are characterized by language delay in children with otherwise normal development. As language is a complex cognitive process, the linguistic defcits may signifcantly vary from person to person. Therefore, it is important to extend the analysis of their linguistic skills to the interrelations between lexical, grammatical and discourse skills. The present study was designed to analyze the linguistic and narrative skills of a group of children with diagnosis of SLI compared to those of a group of children with typical development matched for age, level of education and mean length of utterance. The participants with SLI had a signifcant impairment of linguistic comprehension that spared only phonological abilties. Furthermore, they showed no phonetic-phonological or morphological impairments in production but experienced lexical selection difculties. As a third result, they had signifcant problems in selecting words with clear referents and this reduced both the levels of local coherence of their narratives and the amount of informative words that they could produce.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-36
Number of pages10
JournalBPA Applied Psychology Bulletin
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Developmental Neuropsychology
  • Language
  • Narrative analysis
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Specifc Language Impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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