Children’s word fluency strategies

Authors

  • I. M. TALLBERG,

    1. Department of Speech Pathology, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
    2. Karolinska Institutet, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Division of Speech and Language Pathology, Stockholm, Sweden
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  • S. CARLSSON,

    1. Karolinska Institutet, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Division of Speech and Language Pathology, Stockholm, Sweden
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  • M. LIEBERMAN

    1. Karolinska Institutet, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Division of Speech and Language Pathology, Stockholm, Sweden
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Ing-Mari Tallberg, Karolinska University Hospital, B69, S 141 86 Stockholm, Sweden. Tel: +46 8 5858 7426; Fax: +46 8 5858 1505; e-mail: ing-mari.tallberg@ki.se

Abstract

Tallberg, I.M., Carlsson, S. & Lieberman, M. (2011). Children’s word fluency strategies. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology 52, 35–42.

Two word fluency tasks, the FAS letter fluency task and the “animal” semantic fluency task, were administered to 130 healthy Swedish-speaking children between 6 and 15 years of age. The main aim was to gather normative data on these word fluency tasks for Swedish-speaking children. Another purpose was to examine the switching and clustering strategies used, along with the occurrence of erroneous responses, in relation to demographic data and number of words retrieved. Both phonological and semantic analyses of switching and clustering were conducted. Higher age was found to be related to a more effective use of phonological and semantic switching and clustering strategies. The reference data resulting from this study may be of clinical value in examinations of children with various diagnoses, including language impairment.

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