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CACERES-ASSENCO, Ana Manhani; FERREIRA, Sandra Cristina Araújo; SANTOS, Anabela Cruz  e  BEFI-LOPES, Debora Maria. Application of a Brazilian test of expressive vocabulary in European Portuguese children. CoDAS [online]. 2018, vol.30, n.2, e20170113.  Epub 17-Maio-2018. ISSN 2317-1782.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/2317-1782/20182017113.

Objective

to investigate the performance of European Portuguese children in a Brazilian test of expressive vocabulary, seeking to identify differences between age groups and gender, and to verify its applicability in this population.

Methods

the sample consisted of 150 typical developed children, of both genders, between the ages of 5 and 6. All children attended public schools in the north area of Portugal. To assess the semantic performance, the expressive vocabulary sub-test of the language test (ABFW) was used, considering the percentage of usual verbal assignments and the classification (adequate/inadequate) according to the Brazilian reference values.

Results

the performance of the European Portuguese children indicated that at age 6 they have a higher percentage of correct answers in expressive vocabulary. As for the gender, there were only occasional differences: the girls showed a greater dominance in the semantic fields of clothing (both ages) and furniture and utensils (at age 5), whereas the boys showed more dominance in the semantic field means of transportation (6 years). Regarding classification, there was no difference between age groups in overall performance. Only the semantic field shapes and colors had more individuals of 6 years with inadequate performance.

Conclusion

the reference values adopted in the Brazilian population for semantic performance indicated that more than 80% of the children of each age group could have their performance classified as adequate. Such evidence suggests that this tool shows potential as an instrument of quantitative vocabulary’s assessment of 5 and 6-years old children in European Portuguese.

Palavras-chave : Vocabulary; Language; Language Tests; Language Development; Child.

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