Expanding Language Norms for School-Age Children and Adolescents Is It Pragmatic? Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   October 01, 1995
Expanding Language Norms for School-Age Children and Adolescents
 
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  • Jan Norris
    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Contact author: Jan Norris, Communication Sciences and Disorders, 163 M & DA Bldg, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
    Contact author: Jan Norris, Communication Sciences and Disorders, 163 M & DA Bldg, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.×
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Development / School-Based Settings / Language Disorders / Reading & Writing Disorders / Social Communication & Pragmatics Disorders / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Clinical Forum: Language Norms in Children and Adolescents
Clinical Forum   |   October 01, 1995
Expanding Language Norms for School-Age Children and Adolescents
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1995, Vol. 26, 342-352. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2604.342
History: Received August 23, 1994 , Accepted November 21, 1994
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1995, Vol. 26, 342-352. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2604.342
History: Received August 23, 1994; Accepted November 21, 1994

Despite decades of research, we currently have only limited norms of pragmatic development and use. These generally consist of skills that are aspects of pragmatic functioning, but in themselves do not capture the pragmatic difficulties exhibited by children in classroom, home, and social environments. A discussion of some of the problems associated with deriving pragmatic norms is presented, along with some of the current insights we have concerning the pragmatic abilities of older children and adolescents. These diverse findings are organized into a single coherent model for analyzing and comparing pragmatic performance across tasks. Implications for further research also are presented.

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