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date: 10 December 2019

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There is a general consensus that cochlear implantation within the first 2 years of life leads to improved language benefits. Children who are implanted in their early years tend to show better language abilities than those who are implanted later. When separate language domains (e.g., vocabulary, syntax) are assessed, however, children with cochlear implants (CIs) demonstrate different levels of proficiency. For example, vocabulary skills are generally better than grammatical skills. This chapter presents an overview of recent research results on grammar development in children who received a cochlear implant before the age of 2 years (with a focus on Romance and Germanic languages). In several languages, persisting problems exist with inflectional morphology and function words. Assessment tasks that better capture receptive and expressive grammar achievement are presented, and the possible causes of the specific grammar difficulties are discussed.

Keywords: cochlear implants, language development, young children, grammar, inflectional morphology, early intervention, language delay, language structure

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