Oral discourse after early-onset hydrocephalus: linguistic ambiguity, figurative language, speech acts, and script-based inferences.

@article{Dennis1993OralDA,
  title={Oral discourse after early-onset hydrocephalus: linguistic ambiguity, figurative language, speech acts, and script-based inferences.},
  author={Maureen Dennis and Marcia A. Barnes},
  journal={Journal of pediatric psychology},
  year={1993},
  volume={18 5},
  pages={639-52}
}
Studied 101 children, ages 6 to 15 years (50 with early-onset hydrocephalus, 51 normally developing), on four oral discourse tasks: establishing alternate meanings for ambiguous sentences; understanding figurative expressions; making bridging inferences; and producing speech acts. Children with hydrocephalus performed more poorly than controls on all four discourse tasks; and a higher-IQ hydrocephalus subgroup performed more poorly than controls on all but the figurative expressions task. The… CONTINUE READING