Situational influences on mentally retarded and nonretarded children's production of directives

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This study investigated the influence of the communicative situation on the directives produced by retarded children and nonretarded kindergartners. The two groups were matched on nonverbal MA and on the linguistic maturity of their spontaneous speech. All children could produce the linguistic forms appropriate for the experimental task. In the experimental task, directives were elicited in role-playing situations which differed on three dimensions: Addressee age, cause of the directive, and purpose of the directive. As measured by directive politeness, the retarded and nonretarded children were influenced similarly by the situational manipulations. However, they relied on different linguistic forms to convey directives. Many children had a preferred form. Within and between group differences in form preferences were observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-166
Number of pages20
JournalApplied Psycholinguistics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Psychology(all)
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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