Article  |   July 1976
Factors Affecting Language Comprehension
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  • Elaine Z. Lasky is an associate professor of speech pathology and audiology, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio 44325. Requests for reprints may be sent to her there. Angela M. Chapandy is a graduate student in speech pathology at the University of Michigan and was a graduate student at the University of Akron when the research for this article was performed.
    Elaine Z. Lasky is an associate professor of speech pathology and audiology, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio 44325. Requests for reprints may be sent to her there. Angela M. Chapandy is a graduate student in speech pathology at the University of Michigan and was a graduate student at the University of Akron when the research for this article was performed.×
Article   |   July 1976
Factors Affecting Language Comprehension
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools July 1976, Vol.7, 159-168. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.0703.159
History: Accepted 13 Nov 1975 , Received 15 Aug 1975
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools July 1976, Vol.7, 159-168. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.0703.159
History: Accepted 13 Nov 1975 , Received 15 Aug 1975

In a message presented to a listener by a clinician or a teacher, comprehension performance appears to be affected by the syntactic complexity, semantic familiarity, interaction between the semantic and syntactic complexity, contextual cues, and rate of presentation. These factors and the implications for a classroom or clinic environment are discussed. Suggestions for evaluation are presented along with suggestions to facilitate comprehension performance.

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