Journal of
Neuroscience and Behavioral Health

  • Abbreviation: J. Neurosci. Behav. Health
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2286
  • DOI: 10.5897/JNBH
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 67

Full Length Research Paper

A child with specific language impairment: Personal pronoun pattern in non-elicited spontaneous speech

Abiot Yenealem Derbie
  • Abiot Yenealem Derbie
  • Department of Psychology, Faculty of Education and Behavioral Science, Bahir Dar University, P. O. Box 79, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.
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  •  Received: 04 July 2014
  •  Accepted: 06 August 2014
  •  Published: 31 August 2014


Findings for concluding remarks in the area of personal pronouns are very limited, especially related to children with specific language impairment (SLI). The goal of the present research was to explain and justify pattern change in personal pronoun usage among children with specific language impairments. For this, one child with specific language impairment from Child Language Data Exchange System/CHILDES was taken. Computerized language analysis (CLAN) v.30 for Windows was employed to analyze the non-elicited spontaneous speech of the child with SLI.  Major studies have been reviewed and some patterns drawn (that is, in terms of The Syntax-Morpholgy Development Chart of Gard et al., 1993). Early attachment and non-elicited spontaneous speech (conversation) with primary caregivers have a very direct impact for personal pronoun production, which can be a cruise for morphosyntax development. The case of “it” with other 3rd person pronoun (“he/she”) production was clearly stated as a voyage for early treatment to children with SLI.  Finally, the present research is a case study (longitudinal) and because of limited sample size, long insighting researchable hypothesis (theoretical and clinical) was drawn, so that future researchers can have a look at it.


Key words: Specific language impairment, personal pronouns, CHILDS, child language development