Facilitation of Verb Recognition by MR Subjects through Syntactic Cuing It has been our experience in using the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test that an inordinate number of verbs are missed by mentally retarded individuals. This study attempts to determine whether verb errors were due to a lack of word comprehension or a failure to understand what was being requested by ... Research Article
Research Article  |   January 01, 1981
Facilitation of Verb Recognition by MR Subjects through Syntactic Cuing
 
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  • Kandace A. Penner is a speech-language pathologist at 2821 So. West Archer Rd., Gainesville, Florida 32008. Requests for reprints may be sent there. Betsy Partin Vinson is a speech-language pathologist with the Profoundly Mentally Retarded Program at Sidney Lanier School, Alachua County School District, Gainesville, Florida.
    Kandace A. Penner is a speech-language pathologist at 2821 So. West Archer Rd., Gainesville, Florida 32008. Requests for reprints may be sent there. Betsy Partin Vinson is a speech-language pathologist with the Profoundly Mentally Retarded Program at Sidney Lanier School, Alachua County School District, Gainesville, Florida.×
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Research Article   |   January 01, 1981
Facilitation of Verb Recognition by MR Subjects through Syntactic Cuing
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1981, Vol. 12, 39-43. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1201.39
History: Received August 21, 1979 , Accepted January 8, 1980
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1981, Vol. 12, 39-43. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1201.39
History: Received August 21, 1979; Accepted January 8, 1980

It has been our experience in using the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test that an inordinate number of verbs are missed by mentally retarded individuals. This study attempts to determine whether verb errors were due to a lack of word comprehension or a failure to understand what was being requested by the morphological-syntactic form of the stimulus. Twenty-eight subjects residing in a state facility for the mentally retarded were given a standard version and a modified version of the PPVT. On the modified version of the test, the stimulus "verbing" was altered to incorporate a syntactic helper, forming the stimulus "somebody verbing." As a result, there was a mean reduction of verb error by almost 50%.

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