Developmental Speech and Language Disorders
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For various reasons, some children do not develop adequate speech and language spontaneously, resulting in speech and/or language disorders. The disorder may involve the language form (i.e., phonological/phonetic, morphological, and syntactic systems), the language content (i.e., semantics), and/or the language function (i.e., pragmatic use) in any combination (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 1993). A distinction is drawn between disorders of “speech” and disorders of “language”. Th…

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Carol TO, “Developmental Speech and Language Disorders”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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