Mean length of utterance in words (MLUw) and lexical diversity among Urdu speaking children between 3 to 3.11 years of age

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52567/trehabj.v8i02.52

Keywords:

diversity, language disorders, lexical marker, speech pathology

Abstract

Background: Language is an excellent and convenient means of communication. Mean Length of Utterance (MLU) measures linguistic productivity in children.

Objectives: to find the mean length of utterance in words and lexical diversity among children aged 3-3.11 years typically developing Urdu-speaking.

Methods: The data of n=100 children of both genders of age between (3 to 3.11  years) who performed on blank levels 1 and 2 was collected through a cross-sectional survey. The data was collected from daycare centers and schools in Rawalpindi and Islamabad from November 2022 to June 2023. MLU calculation procedure was carried out through activities from ICW and Blank Level. For the calculation of MLU, the formula was used.

Results: The Mean Length of Utterance at word level (MLUw)of children aged between 3 to 3.11 years was 3.43.  In lexical diversity (LD) children have used Nouns (NN) most abundantly as 55% of Verbs (VB) with 35% Tense Auxiliaries (TA)30%.

Conclusion: It is found that children's MLUw of 3.43 between the ages of 3 and 4 indicates an increase in speech complexity. Nouns, verbs, and tense auxiliaries have been recognized as the main elements via lexical analysis. 

Author Biographies

Sidra Shabbir, Faculty of Rehabilitation & Allied Health Sciences, Riphah International University Islamabad Pakistan

Lecturer

Rabia Zubair, Faculty of Rehabilitation & Allied Health Sciences

Assistant Professor

Sajeela Aatif, Little Learners

Virtual Therapist

Amina Iqbal, Children Hospital, LAhore Pakistan

Audiologist

Mahnoor Javed, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Shifa Tamer e Millat University Islamabad Pakistan

Clinical Instructor

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Submitted

22-12-2023

Accepted

12-05-2024

Published

20-05-2024

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Research Article

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