Generic talk use by preschool children

J. Ball, À Marvin, R. Lasker

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The frequency and type of generic taik produced by typically developing preschool children ¥/as studied to support intervention decisions for children who use augmentative alternacommunication (AAC) systems. Generic talk requires little kno¥/tedge about communication partners (person or topic) to prompt interactions. Ten children ranging from 4:0 to 5:2 years participated in the study. They were development. Communication samples were collected at preschool home. No statistical differences were observed in generic at home school. Nearly hail of all utterances produced across the two classified as generic talk. The unique utterances to preschool children were categorized as confirmation/negation, comments, environmental control, and continuers. On the basis of these results, AAC specialists are encouraged to consider the inclusion of generic taik in AAC devices for young children. CopyricncC, 1999 by ISAAC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-155
Number of pages11
JournalAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Phatic discourse
  • Preschool
  • Small talk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing


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