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Title: Children with SLI can exhibit reduced attention to a talker's mouth
Author: Pons Gimeno, Ferran
Sanz Torrent, Mònica
Ferinu Sanz, Laura  
Birulés Muntané, Joan
Andreu Barrachina, Llorenç  
Others: Universitat de Barcelona
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Keywords: specific language impairment (SLI)
audiovisual speech
Issue Date: 7-Nov-2017
Publisher: Language Learning
Citation: Pons, F., Sanz Torrent, M., Ferinu Sanz, L., Birulés, J. & Andreu Barrachina, L. (2018). Children With SLI Can Exhibit Reduced Attention to a Talker's Mouth. Language Learning, 68(S1), 180-192. doi: 10.1111/lang.12276
Project identifier: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/PSI2014-55105-P
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Abstract: It has been demonstrated that children with specific language impairment (SLI) show difficulties not only with auditory but also with audiovisual speech perception. The goal of this study was to assess whether children with SLI might show reduced attention to the talker's mouth compared to their typically developing (TD) peers. An additional aim was to determine whether the pattern of attention to a talking face would be related to a specific subtype of SLI. We used an eye-tracker methodology and presented a video of a talker speaking the children's native language. Results revealed that children with SLI paid significantly less attention to the mouth than the TD children. More specifically, it was also observed that children with a phonological-syntactic deficit looked less to the mouth as compared to the children with a lexical-syntactic deficit.
Language: English
ISSN: 0023-8333MIAR
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