VERBS ACQUISITION IN SPEECH DEVELOPMENT AMONG URDU SPEAKING CHILDREN IN PAKISTAN

  • Faseeha Shafqat Isra University
  • Nazia Mumtaz IIRS Isra University
  • Hannan Adeel

Abstract

Background: Urdu syntax reflects diversity in verb forms with reference to gender and singular-plural syntactical nature of proceeding noun.   This dynamic syntactical nature of verbs is suggestive to explore language specific norms of verb based developmental milestones which can further help speech-language pathologist in timely screening of verb related syntactical impairments in Urdu language speakers.


Objective:  To find out age of acquisition of verb usage in speech development with respect to gender and singular–plural attributes of noun in Urdu language.


Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted on a sample of N= 370 (Boys=188, Girls=182) normally developing 2-4 years old children, drawn from schools and homes of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. A self–structured Urdu syntax evaluation questionnaire developed after pilot testing was administered on parents (Mothers=215, Fathers=31), teachers (n=96) and significant others (n=29) of target sample. Data was descriptively analysed using SPSS version 21.


Results: Results showed that utterance of verbs, noun-verb combinations, inflection of verbs with respect to gender and singular-plural nature of noun, acquired in 24 to 29 months.   


Conclusion: It can be concluded that emergence of verb-related milestones in typically developing Urdu speaking children occurs at 24-29 months of age. 


Keywords: Syntax, Urdu, developmental milestones, speech development, inflection of verbs 

Published
2018-06-25
How to Cite
SHAFQAT, Faseeha; MUMTAZ, Nazia; ADEEL, Hannan. VERBS ACQUISITION IN SPEECH DEVELOPMENT AMONG URDU SPEAKING CHILDREN IN PAKISTAN. International Journal of Rehabilitation Sciences (IJRS), [S.l.], v. 7, n. 01, p. 8-11, june 2018. ISSN 2308-5363. Available at: <http://www.ijrs.org/ojs/index.php/IJRS/article/view/101>. Date accessed: 23 july 2018.
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