Language Processes and Linguistic Levels A Matrix Research Article
Research Article  |   January 01, 1982
Language Processes and Linguistic Levels
 
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  • Clara S. Wing is a Speech-Language Pathologist and language disabilities class teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Maryland. Requests for reprints should be sent to her at 10631 Weymouth Street, Bethesda, MD 20014.
    Clara S. Wing is a Speech-Language Pathologist and language disabilities class teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Maryland. Requests for reprints should be sent to her at 10631 Weymouth Street, Bethesda, MD 20014.×
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Research Article   |   January 01, 1982
Language Processes and Linguistic Levels
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1982, Vol. 13, 2-10. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1301.02
History: Received August 21, 1980 , Accepted January 16, 1981
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1982, Vol. 13, 2-10. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1301.02
History: Received August 21, 1980; Accepted January 16, 1981

Historical reasons for the variety of approaches to the classification of language abilities and disabilities are explained. A model of language abilities in matrix form is described in which areas of language ability are defined in terms of the effects of receptive and expressive language processes on four linguistic levels: phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. The language processes are selective auditory attention, auditory discrimination, auditory memory, auditory association or comprehension, response selection and organization, oral retrieval, oral sequencing, and oral motor output. This model provides a better basis for assessment and remediation of language deficits than does one in which language processes and linguistic levels are seen as parallel because its framework can be used for evaluating and selecting nonconfounding assessment instruments so that specific areas of deficit can be identified.

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