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Early relations between lexical and grammatical development in very immature Italian preterms.
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PMID:  16566328     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study aimed to investigate early lexical and grammatical development and their relations in a sample of very immature healthy preterms, in order to assess whether their linguistic development was typical, at risk or atypical. The effects of biological factors and parental level of education on preterms' linguistic development were also investigated. Seventy-three Italian preterms and 22 Italian fullterms (control sample) were assessed at 2;6 with an Italian test of repetition of sentences (TRF). Their mothers completed the Italian version of the MacArthur questionnaire (PVB). Our results showed that most of the preterm sample displayed a typical development, compared with the fullterms, with lexicon and grammar within the normal range and a normal relation between these competencies. However, preterms characterized by an extremely low birthweight (ELBW), a very low gestational age and male gender were at risk, with slight delays in the lexicon and grammar, but still retaining the normal relation between the two.
Alessandra Sansavini; Annalisa Guarini; Rosina Alessandroni; Giacomo Faldella; Giuliana Giovanelli; Gianpaolo Salvioli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of child language     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0305-0009     ISO Abbreviation:  J Child Lang     Publication Date:  2006 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-28     Completed Date:  2006-04-20     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0425743     Medline TA:  J Child Lang     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  199-216     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Bologna University, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight
Case-Control Studies
Chi-Square Distribution
Child Language*
Follow-Up Studies
Gestational Age
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature / growth & development*
Italy / epidemiology

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