Word retrieval ability on semantic fluency task in typically developing Malayalam-speaking children

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Word-retrieval abilities in children can be assessed using word generation or verbal fluency task. The ability to retrieve is related to the individuals ability to retrieve associated words from the mental lexicon in an organized manner. The present study focuses on the developmental aspects of semantic fluency in 1,015 Malayalam-speaking children in the age range of 5 years to 15 years across both genders. The study revealed a developmental trend in the mean total number of correct word scores, number of clusters generated, and switching scores; however, mean cluster size did not show any statistically significant variation. Further, the scores did not vary across genders. Overall, the study indicated a linear developmental trend during verbal fluency with the increase in complexity of strategy use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-195
Number of pages14
JournalChild Neuropsychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 04-03-2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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