Pragmatic assessment: Analysis of a highly frequent repeated utterance

T. M. Gallagher, H. K. Craig

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The present study examined the pragmatic role of a frequently repeated utterance, 'it's gone', within the multiple context conversational interactions of a 4-year-old specifically language-impaired boy. The data indicate that the phrase was an interactive access strategy to engage his partners in a nonexistence/disappearance game, a frequent type of early mother-child interaction. The assessment and intervention implications of these data are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-377
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Speech and Hearing Disorders
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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