The Antecedents of Disorder Reception and Comprehension

  • John Antony Michael Martin
Part of the Disorders of Human Communication book series (DISORDERS, volume 4)


In order to arrive at a sufficiently precise definition of the child’s disability it is necessary to look more closely at verbal comprehension and expression. Each of the terms VC and VX is not an entity in its own right but represents the aggregate of a number of separate features. The sum total of the constituent features, known or as yet unidentified, is indicated by the developmental level attained by the child in understanding of language, and in his ability to express himself verbally. These two major aspects of the child’s language performance may be subdivided into three components or functions. There is the level of sensory and motor functions, and there are the cognitive and communicative functions. These are represented schematically in Fig.7.1.


Hearing Loss Deaf Child Pretend Play Verbal Comprehension Language Disorder 


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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Antony Michael Martin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Phonetics and LinguisticsUniversity CollegeLondonGreat Britain

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