Several studies using standardized tests have provided evidence for the presence of language disorders in persons with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and have suggested that persons with MS may have language that is less complex. One aspect not thoroughly studied is that of syntactic complexity in naturalistic, conversational settings. The present study collected language samples from 10 adults with MS and 10 age-matched controls and compared scores on five quantitative measures derived from those samples. No significant differences were found between groups on any measure. This finding suggests that in mild cases of MS or during periods of remission, individuals may retain their ability to use complex language structures in naturalistic discourse.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Communication Disorders
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
King, Katherine A., "Syntactic Complexity in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis" (2009). Theses and Dissertations. 1803.
Multiple Sclerosis, syntax, language complexity, LARSP, PESP, DSS, SCS, sentence completion task