Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

L1 Loss: Implications for Speech and Language Assessment

Author(s) Fern Westernoff, MHSc
Volume 18
Number 3
Year 1994
Page(s) 163-168
Language English
Keywords bilingual
Abstract Speech-Language pathologists are challenged when working with clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Assessment in the first language is often advocated to differentiate between communication differences typically associated with learning a second language and communication disorders. However, loss of first language skills can complicate the assessment and lead to misidentification. Factors contributing to language loss/maintenance are discussed and summarized in a chart for consideration in clinical practice.

Les orthophonistes se heurtent à un probléme lorsqu'ils doivent travailler avec des clients d'une autre origine culturelle et linguistique. On préconise souvent une évaluation dans la langue maternelle afin de distinguer les problémes de communication associés à l'apprentissage d'une langue seconde des probléms résultant d'un trouble de la communication. L'oubli de la langue maternelle peut cependant compliquer l'évaluation et entraîner une erreur d'identification. L'article parle des facteurs qui concourent à l'oubli ou à la conservation de la langue et sont présentés sous forme de tableau afin d'en faciliter l'utilisation dans la practique clinique.
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