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Article Omission in Dutch Children with SLI: A Processing Approach

Universiteit Utrecht, UiL OTS, Janskerkhof 13, 3512 BL, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Universiteit Utrecht, UiL OTS, Trans 10, 3512 JK, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Entropy 2010, 12(4), 798-817;
Received: 21 December 2009 / Revised: 5 March 2010 / Accepted: 7 April 2010 / Published: 8 April 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Complexity of Human Language and Cognition)
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Children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) show difficulties with grammatical morphology. Based on the data from 12 Dutch children with SLI, an information-theoretical model is proposed in which the noun-article set dependency is modeled as a channel. We propose that reduced capacity of this channel is responsible for article omission. The Kullback-Leibler divergence between input and output distribution of article production provides an index of the channel capacity, which is shown to correlate with the percentage of article omission and to lag behind in SLI development as compared to typically developing children. View Full-Text
Keywords: SLI; processing; articles; Kullback-Leibler divergence SLI; processing; articles; Kullback-Leibler divergence

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Van Ewijk, L.; Avrutin, S. Article Omission in Dutch Children with SLI: A Processing Approach. Entropy 2010, 12, 798-817.

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