Research Profile

Biography

My initial degree was in classical languages, ancient history and philosophy. Following this I took postgraduate degrees in Linguistics, and then at postdoctoral level specialised in the application of Linguistics to child language development and disorders, supervised by David Crystal at the University of Reading.  I joined the Department of Linguistic Science at the University of Reading as a lecturer in 1975, and worked there until 1995, when I moved to the University of Hong Kong. Most of my work till then had been on language learning in English-speaking children but I was able in Hong Kong to extend my research interests in language development and impairment to children speaking Chinese languages. In 2003 I moved to University College Cork, and learned something about the vocabulary development of Irish-speaking children through collaboration with Ciara O'Toole. I have always valued and benefitted from colaboration in research: in Reading, with David Crystal and Michael Garman, and later Richard Ingham, Gabriel King  and Christina Schelletter; in Groningen with Jan de Jong; in Hong Kong with Stephanie Stokes, Twila Tardif, Anita Wong and Larry Leonard; in Cork with Ciara O'Toole, Robert Fourie, Fiona Gibbon and Pauline Frizelle. My initial degree was in classical languages, ancient history and philosophy. Following this I took postgraduate degrees in Linguistics, and then at postdoctoral level specialised in the application of Linguistics to child language development and disorders, supervised by David Crystal at the University of Reading.  I joined the Department of Linguistic Science at the University of Reading as a lecturer in 1975, and worked there until 1995, when I moved to the University of Hong Kong. Most of my work till then had been on language learning in English-speaking children but I was able in Hong Kong to extend my research interests in language development and impairment to children speaking Chinese languages. In 2003 I moved to University College Cork, and learned something about the vocabulary development of Irish-speaking children through collaboration with Ciara O'Toole. I have always valued and benefitted from colaboration in research: in Reading, with David Crystal and Michael Garman, and later Richard Ingham, Gabriel King  and Christina Schelletter; in Groningen with Jan de Jong; in Hong Kong with Stephanie Stokes, Twila Tardif, Anita Wong and Larry Leonard; in Cork with Ciara O'Toole, Robert Fourie, Fiona Gibbon and Pauline Frizelle. 

Research Interests

My research focus is on the development of language in children, both as it proceeds normally, and when it fails to advance as expected. Initially my primary interest was in children's acquisition of grammar -- morphology and syntax. More recently I have worked on the development of vocabulary. For the earlier part of my working life I concentrated on English, but more recently I have looked at the vocabulary and grammar of Chinese-speaking children -- typically developing and language-impaired -- and at the vocabulary of typically developing Irish-speaking children.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
The effect of speaker accent on sentence comprehension in children with language delayHealth Research Board01-OCT-1230-SEP-15€323,185.00

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2017)'The relationship between information carrying words, memory and language skills in school age children with specific language impairment'
Frizelle, P., Harte, J., O'Sullivan, K., Fletcher, P., & Gibbon, F. (2017) 'The relationship between information carrying words, memory and language skills in school age children with specific language impairment'. Plos One, 12 (7) [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'Investigating the effect of regional native accents on sentence comprehension in children with language impairment'
Frizelle, P., Harte, J., Fletcher, P., & Gibbon, F. (2017) 'Investigating the effect of regional native accents on sentence comprehension in children with language impairment'. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, [Details]
(2016)'Morphosyntactic development of Bangla-speaking preschool children'
Sultana, A; Stokes, S; Klee, T; Fletcher, P (2016) 'Morphosyntactic development of Bangla-speaking preschool children'. First Language, 36 (6):637-657 [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2016)'The relationship between information carrying words, memory and language skills in school age children with specific language impairment'
Frizelle, P., Harte, J., O' Sullivan, K., Fletcher, P., & Gibbon, F. (2016) 'The relationship between information carrying words, memory and language skills in school age children with specific language impairment'. Plos One, 12 (7):1-16 [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'The Role of Memory in Processing Relative Clauses in Children With Specific Language Impairment'
Frizelle, P,Fletcher, P (2015) 'The Role of Memory in Processing Relative Clauses in Children With Specific Language Impairment'. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 24 :47-59 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Profiling relative clause constructions in children with specific language impairment'
Frizelle, P;Fletcher, P (2014) 'Profiling relative clause constructions in children with specific language impairment'. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 28 :437-449 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Profiling vocabulary acquisition in Irish'
O'Toole, C;Fletcher, P (2012) 'Profiling vocabulary acquisition in Irish'. Journal of Child Language, 39 :205-220 [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'The Effects of Unrepaired Cleft Palate on Early Language Development in Chinese Infants'
Lu, ZW;Ma, LA;Luo, Y;Fletcher, P (2010) 'The Effects of Unrepaired Cleft Palate on Early Language Development in Chinese Infants'. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 47 :400-404 [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'Early vocabulary development in Mandarin (Putonghua) and Cantonese'
Tardif, T;Fletcher, P;Liang, W;Kaciroti, N (2009) 'Early vocabulary development in Mandarin (Putonghua) and Cantonese'. Journal of Child Language, 36 :1115-1144 [DOI] [Details]
(2008)'What's in a word? Morphological awareness and vocabulary knowledge in three languages'
McBride-Chang, C;Tardif, T;Cho, JR;Shu, H;Fletcher, P;Stokes, SF;Wong, A;Leung, K (2008) 'What's in a word? Morphological awareness and vocabulary knowledge in three languages'. Applied Psycholinguistics, 29 :437-462 [DOI] [Details]
(2006)'The production of passives by children with specific language impairment: Acquiring English or Cantonese'
Leonard, LB;Wong, AMY;Deevy, P;Stokes, SF;Fletcher, P (2006) 'The production of passives by children with specific language impairment: Acquiring English or Cantonese'. Applied Psycholinguistics, 27 :267-299 [DOI] [Details]
(2005)'The expression of aspect in Cantonese-speaking children with specific language impairment'
Fletcher, P;Laurence, L;Stokes, SF;Wong, AMY (2005) 'The expression of aspect in Cantonese-speaking children with specific language impairment'. Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 48 :621-634 [DOI] [Details]
(2004)'Questions without movement: A study of Cantonese-speaking children with and without specific language impairment'
Wong, AMY;Laurence, L;Fletcher, P;Stokes, SF (2004) 'Questions without movement: A study of Cantonese-speaking children with and without specific language impairment'. Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 47 :1440-1453 [DOI] [Details]
(2004)'The interface between phonetic and lexical abilities in early Cantonese language development'
Fletcher, P;Chan, CWY;Wong, PTT;Stokes, S;Tardif, T;Leung, SCS (2004) 'The interface between phonetic and lexical abilities in early Cantonese language development'. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 18 :535-545 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'The role of memory in processing relative clauses in children with Specific Language Impairment [In Press]'
Frizelle, P.; Fletcher, P. (2014) 'The role of memory in processing relative clauses in children with Specific Language Impairment [In Press]'. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, [CORA Link] [Details]
(2014)'Relative clause constructions in children with specific language impairment'
Frizelle, P,Fletcher, P (2014) 'Relative clause constructions in children with specific language impairment'. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 49 :255-264 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'The role of memory in processing relative clauses in children with Specific Language Impairment'
Frizelle, P. & Fletcher, P. (2014) 'The role of memory in processing relative clauses in children with Specific Language Impairment'. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, [Details]
(2014)'Data and beyond'
Fletcher, P (2014) 'Data and beyond'. Journal of Child Language, 41 :18-25 [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'Differentiating Cantonese-Speaking Preschool Children With and Without SLI Using MLU and Lexical Diversity (D)'
Wong, AMY;Klee, T;Stokes, SF;Fletcher, P;Leonard, LB (2010) 'Differentiating Cantonese-Speaking Preschool Children With and Without SLI Using MLU and Lexical Diversity (D)'. Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 53 :794-799 [DOI] [Details]
(2008)'Baby's first 10 words'
Tardif, T;Fletcher, P;Liang, WL;Zhang, ZX;Kaciroti, N;Marchman, VA (2008) 'Baby's first 10 words'. Developmental psychology, 44 :929-938 [DOI] [Details]
(2007)'Modal verbs with and without tense: a study of English- and Cantonese-speaking children with specific language impairment'
Leonard, LB;Deevy, P;Wong, AMY;Stokes, SF;Fletcher, P (2007) 'Modal verbs with and without tense: a study of English- and Cantonese-speaking children with specific language impairment'. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 42 :209-228 [DOI] [Details]
(2006)'Specific language impairment in Chinese'
Fletcher, P,Stokes, S,Wong, AMY,Li, P,Tan, LH,Bates, E,Tzeng, OJL (2006) 'Specific language impairment in Chinese'. Handbook Of East Asian Psycholinguistics, Vol 1: Chinese, :296-307 [Details]
(2014)'Profiling relative clause constructions in children with specific language impairment'
Frizelle, P. & Fletcher P. (2014) 'Profiling relative clause constructions in children with specific language impairment'. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, :1-13 [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2014)'Relative clause constructions in children with specific language impairment'
Frizelle, P.; Fletcher, P. (2014) 'Relative clause constructions in children with specific language impairment'. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 49 (255) [Details]
(2012)'Profiling vocabulary acquisition in Irish'
O'Toole, C. & Fletcher, P. (2012) 'Profiling vocabulary acquisition in Irish'. Journal of Child Language, 39 :205-220 [Details]
(2010)'Early Oral Language Markers of Poor Reading Performance in Hong Kong Chinese Children. J Learn Disabil'
Liu, PD; McBride-Chang, C; Wong, AM; Tardif, T; Stokes, SF; Fletcher, P; Shu, H; (2010) 'Early Oral Language Markers of Poor Reading Performance in Hong Kong Chinese Children. J Learn Disabil'. British Journal of Learning Disabilities,   [Details]
(2010)'Validity of a Parent Report Instrument for Irish-Speaking Toddlers'
O'Toole, C. & Fletcher, P. (2010) 'Validity of a Parent Report Instrument for Irish-Speaking Toddlers'. First Language, 30 :199-217 [Details]
(2010)'The Effects of Unrepaired Cleft Palate on Early Language Development in Chinese Infants'
Lu, ZW; Ma, LA; Luo, Y; Fletcher, P; (2010) 'The Effects of Unrepaired Cleft Palate on Early Language Development in Chinese Infants'. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 47 :400-404 [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'Differentiating Cantonese-speaking pre-school children with and without SLI: a validation study'
Wong, A.M-Y; Klee, T; Stokes, SF; Fletcher, P; Leonard, LB. (2010) 'Differentiating Cantonese-speaking pre-school children with and without SLI: a validation study'. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 53 :794-799 [Details]
(2009)'Early vocabulary development in Mandarin (Putonghua) and Cantonese. J Child Lang'
Tardif, T; Fletcher, P; Liang, W; Kaciroti, N; (2009) 'Early vocabulary development in Mandarin (Putonghua) and Cantonese. J Child Lang'. J Child Lang, 36 (5):1115-44   [Details]
(2008)'What's in a word? Morphological awareness and vocabulary knowledge in three languages'
McBride-Chang, C,Tardif, T,Cho, JR,Shu, H,Fletcher, P,Stokes, SF,Wong, A,Leung, K; (2008) 'What's in a word? Morphological awareness and vocabulary knowledge in three languages'. Applied Psycholinguistics, 29 :437-462 [DOI] [Details]
(2008)'Baby's First 10 Words'
Tardif, T, Fletcher, P, Liang, WL, Zhang, ZX, Kaciroti, N, Marchman, VA; (2008) 'Baby's First 10 Words'. Developmental Psychology, 44 (4):929-938 [DOI] [Details]
(2008)'Developing assessment tools for bilingual and minority language acquisition'
O'Toole, C. & Fletcher, P. (2008) 'Developing assessment tools for bilingual and minority language acquisition'. Journal of Clinical Speech and Language Studies, 16 :12-27 [Details]
(2007)'Modal Verbs With and Without Tense: A Study of English- and Cantonese-Speaking Children With Specific Language Impairment'
Leonard, LB, Deevy, P, Wong, AMY, Stokes, SF, Fletcher, P; (2007) 'Modal Verbs With and Without Tense: A Study of English- and Cantonese-Speaking Children With Specific Language Impairment'. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 42 (2):209-228 [DOI] [Details]
(2006)'The production of passives by children with specific language impairment: Acquiring English or Cantonese'
Leonard, LB,Wong, AMY,Deevy, P,Stokes, SF,Fletcher, P; (2006) 'The production of passives by children with specific language impairment: Acquiring English or Cantonese'. Applied Psycholinguistics, 27 :267-299 [DOI] [Details]
(2006)'Nonword repetition and sentence repetition as clinical markers of SLI: the case of Cantonese'
Stokes, S.F., Wong, A. M-Y., Fletcher, P., & Leonard, L.B. (2006) 'Nonword repetition and sentence repetition as clinical markers of SLI: the case of Cantonese'. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 49 (2):219-236 [Details]
(2005)'The expression of aspect in Cantonese-speaking children with specific language impairment'
Fletcher, P., Leonard, L., Wong, A. and Stokes, S.; (2005) 'The expression of aspect in Cantonese-speaking children with specific language impairment'. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 48 (*):621-634 [Details]
(2004)'Questions without movement: a study of Cantonese-speaking children with and without specific language impairment'
Wong, A., Leonard, L., Fletcher, P. and Stokes, S.; (2004) 'Questions without movement: a study of Cantonese-speaking children with and without specific language impairment'. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 47 (*):1440-1453 [Details]
(2004)'The interface between phonetic and lexical abilities in early Cantonese language development'
Fletcher, P,Chan, CWY,Wong, PTT,Stokes, S,Tardif, T,Leung, SCS; (2004) 'The interface between phonetic and lexical abilities in early Cantonese language development'. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 18 :535-545 [DOI] [Details]
(2004)'Utterance length and lexical diversity in Cantonese-speaking children with and without language impairment'
Klee, T., Stokes, S., Wong, A., Fletcher, P. and Gavin, W.; (2004) 'Utterance length and lexical diversity in Cantonese-speaking children with and without language impairment'. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 47 (*):1396-1410 [Details]
(2003)'Collocatinal diversity in perfective aspect zo2 use in Cantonese children with SLI'
Wong, A.M.-Y., Stokes, S.F., and Fletcher, P.; (2003) 'Collocatinal diversity in perfective aspect zo2 use in Cantonese children with SLI'. Journal of of Multilingual Communication Disorders, 1 (*):132-140 [Details]
(2003)'Distinct brain regions associated with syllable and phoneme'
Siok, W.-T., Jin, Z., Fletcher, P. and Tan, L.-H.; (2003) 'Distinct brain regions associated with syllable and phoneme'. Human Brain Mapping, 18 (*):201-207 [Details]
(2003)'Aspectual forms in Cantonese children with specific language impairment'
Stokes, S. and Fletcher, P.; (2003) 'Aspectual forms in Cantonese children with specific language impairment'. Linguistics, 41 (2):381-406 [Details]
(2001)'The role of phonological awareness and visual-orthographic skills in Chinese reading acquisition'
Siok, W.-T. and Fletcher, P.; (2001) 'The role of phonological awareness and visual-orthographic skills in Chinese reading acquisition'. Developmental Psychology, 37 (*):886-899 [Details]
(2000)'Lexical diversity and productivity in Cantonese-speaking children with specific language impairment'
Stokes, S. & Fletcher, P. (2000) 'Lexical diversity and productivity in Cantonese-speaking children with specific language impairment'. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 35 :527-542 [Details]
(1997)'Verbs in the emergence of word combinations in young children with specific language impairment'
Olswang, L.B., Long, S.H. & Fletcher, P. (1997) 'Verbs in the emergence of word combinations in young children with specific language impairment'. European Journal of Disorders of Communication, 32 :15-33 [Details]
(1998)'Resultative VPs and specific language impairment'
Ingham, R., Fletcher, P., Schelleter, C. & Sinka, I. (1998) 'Resultative VPs and specific language impairment'. Language Acquisition, 7 :87-111 [Details]
(1993)'Grammatical problems in schoolage children with language impairment'
King, G. & Fletcher, P. (1993) 'Grammatical problems in schoolage children with language impairment'. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 7 :339-352 [Details]
(1992)'Lexical verbs and language impairment: a case study'
Fletcher, P. (1992) 'Lexical verbs and language impairment: a case study'. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 6 :147-154 [Details]
(1990)'A cross-linguistic perspective on child language impairment'
Fletcher, P. & Grunwell, P. (1990) 'A cross-linguistic perspective on child language impairment'. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 4 :25-27 [Details]
(1990)'Speech and language defects'
Fletcher, P (1990) 'Speech and language defects'. Nature, 346 (6281) [Details]
(1990)'Language pathology'
Fletcher, P. (1990) 'Language pathology'. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, X :26-36 [Details]
(1988)'Normal language development and language impairment: syntax and beyond'
Fletcher, P. & Garman, M. (1988) 'Normal language development and language impairment: syntax and beyond'. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 2 :97-114 [Details]
(1988)'Larsping by numbers: a response to French'
Fletcher, P. & Garman, M. (1988) 'Larsping by numbers: a response to French'. British Journal of Disorders of Communication, 23 :309-322 [Details]
(1987)'The basis of language impairment in children: a comment on Chiat and Hirson'
Fletcher, P. (1987) 'The basis of language impairment in children: a comment on Chiat and Hirson'. The British Journal of Disorders of Communication, 22 :65-72 [Details]

Books

 YearPublication
(2016)Language Development and Language Impairment: A Problem Based Introduction.
Fletcher, P O'Toole, C (2016) Language Development and Language Impairment: A Problem Based Introduction. Boston: Wiley.   [Details]
(2008)Chinese Communicative Development Inventories.
Tardif, T.; Fletcher, P. (2008) Chinese Communicative Development Inventories. Beijing: Peking University Medical Press. [Details]
(1989)The grammatical analyis of language disability.
Crystal, D., Fletcher,P. & Garman, M. (1989) The grammatical analyis of language disability. London: Whurr Publishers. [Details]
(1986)Statistics in language studies.
Woods, A., Fletcher, P. & Hughes, A. (1986) Statistics in language studies. Cambridge: C.U.P. [Details]
(1985)A child's learning of English.
Fletcher, P. (1985) A child's learning of English. Oxford: Basil Blackwell/Andre Deutsch. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2016)Profiling grammar: More languages of LARSP
P. Fletcher, M.J. Ball, D. Crystal (Ed.). (2016) Profiling grammar: More languages of LARSP Bristol: Multilingual Matters. [Details]
(2012)Assessing grammar: the languages of LARSP
Ball, M. Crystal, D. & Fletcher, P. (Eds) (Ed.). (2012) Assessing grammar: the languages of LARSP Assessing grammar: the languages of LARSP. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. [Details]
(2005)Developmental theory and language disorders
Fletcher, P. and Miller, J (Ed.). (2005) Developmental theory and language disorders Developmental theory and language disorders. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [Details]
(1995)Handbook of child language
Fletcher, P. & MacWhinney, B. (Eds.) (Ed.). (1995) Handbook of child language Handbook of child language. Oxford: Blackwell. [Details]
(1992)Language impairment in children: causes, correlates and characteristics
Fletcher, P. & Hall, D. (Eds) (Ed.). (1992) Language impairment in children: causes, correlates and characteristics Language impairment in children: causes, correlates and characteristics. London: Whurr Publishers. [Details]
(1986)Language acquisition: studies in first language development
Fletcher, P. & Garman, M (Ed.). (1986) Language acquisition: studies in first language development Language acquisition: studies in first language development. Cambridge: C.U.P. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2016)'Complex sentences in development and impairment: Stage V revisited'
Fletcher, P., Frizelle, P. (2016) 'Complex sentences in development and impairment: Stage V revisited' In: P. Fletcher, M.J. Ball, D. Crystal (eds). Profiling Grammar: More languages of LARSP. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. [Details]
(2017)'Syntax in child language disorders'
Fletcher, P. & Frizelle, P. (2017) 'Syntax in child language disorders' In: R.E. Schwartz (eds). Handbook of child language disorders. New York and Hove: Psychology Press. [Details]
(2014)'An Elaboration of Stage V of the English LARSP'
Fletcher, P.; Frizelle, P. (2014) 'An Elaboration of Stage V of the English LARSP' In: Ball, M.J.; Crystal, D.; Fletcher, P (eds). Profiling Grammar: More Languages of LARSP [In Press]. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters. [Details]
(2014)'Argument structure and specific language impairment: retrospect and prospect'
Jong, J.; Fletcher, P. (2014) 'Argument structure and specific language impairment: retrospect and prospect' In: Gilbers, D.; Hoeksema, J (eds). Black book: A festschrift for Frans Zwarts. Groningen, The Netherlands: University of Groningen. [CORA Link] [Details]
(2012)'LARSP thirty years on'
Fletcher, P.; Klee, T.; Gavin, W. (2012) 'LARSP thirty years on' In: Ball, M.; Crystal, D.; Fletcher, P (eds). Assessing grammar: the languages of LARSP. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. [Details]
(2009)'Morphosyntactic deficits in Cantonese-speaking children with specific language impairment'
Fletcher, P., Leonard, L.B., Stokes, S.F. and Wong, A.M.-Y.; (2009) 'Morphosyntactic deficits in Cantonese-speaking children with specific language impairment' In: Language Disorders in Speakers of Chinese. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. [Details]
(2009)'Assessing Cantonese-speaking children with language difficulties from the perspective of evidence-based practice: current practice and future directions'
Klee, T.; Wong, A.M-Y.; Stokes, S.F.; Fletcher, P.; Leonard, L.B. (2009) 'Assessing Cantonese-speaking children with language difficulties from the perspective of evidence-based practice: current practice and future directions' In: Law, S-P.; Weekes, B.; Wong, A.M-Y (eds). Language disorders in speakers of Chinese. Bristol, UK: Plural Publishing. [Details]
(2009)'Syntax in child language disorders'
Fletcher, P. (2009) 'Syntax in child language disorders' In: Handbook of Child Language Disorders. New York: Psychology Press. [Details]
(2006)'Specific language impairment in Cantonese'
Fletcher, P., Stokes, S.F. and Wong, A.M.-Y.; (2006) 'Specific language impairment in Cantonese' In: Handbook of East Asian Psycholingusitics, vol.1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2005)'Constructions and language development: implications for language impairment'
Fletcher, P., Stokes, S. and Wong, A.; (2005) 'Constructions and language development: implications for language impairment' In: Developmental theory and language disorders. [Details]
(2000)'Covert contrast as a stage in the acquisition of phonetics and phonology'
Scobbie, J.M., Gibbon, F., Hardcastle, W.J., Fletcher, P.; (2000) 'Covert contrast as a stage in the acquisition of phonetics and phonology' In: Papers in Laboratory Phonology V: Language Acquisition and the Lexicon. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(1998)'Covert contrast and the acquisition of phonetics and phonology'
Scobbie, J.M., Gibbon, F., Hardcastle, W.J. & Fletcher, P. (1998) 'Covert contrast and the acquisition of phonetics and phonology' In: Zeigler, W. and Deger, K (eds). Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics. London: Whurr Publishers. [Details]
(1999)'Specific language impairment'
Fletcher, P. (1999) 'Specific language impairment' In: M. Barrett (eds). The development of language. Hove: Psychology Press. [Details]
(1999)'Language acquisition in the child'
Fletcher, P. (1999) 'Language acquisition in the child' In: B. Spolsky (eds). Concise encyclopedia of educational linguistics. Oxford: Elsevier Science. [Details]
(1998)'Perspectives on grammatical impairment'
Fletcher, P. (1998) 'Perspectives on grammatical impairment' In: W. Ziegler & K. Deger (eds). Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics. London: Whurr Publishers. [Details]
(1997)'Language acquisition in the child'
Fletcher, P. (1997) 'Language acquisition in the child' In: P.V. Lamarque (eds). Concise Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Language. Oxford: Elsevier Science. [Details]
(1995)'Grammatical impairment'
Fletcher, P. & Garman, M. (1995) 'Grammatical impairment' In: P. Fletcher & B. MacWhinney (eds). Handbook of child language. Oxford: Blackwell. [Details]
(1995)'Transcription, segmentation and analysis: corpora from the language-impaired'
Fletcher, P. & Garman, M. (1995) 'Transcription, segmentation and analysis: corpora from the language-impaired' In: G. Leech, G. Myers and J. Thomas (eds). Spoken English on computer. Harlow: Longman. [Details]
(1992)'Sub-groups of language impaired children'
Fletcher, P. (1992) 'Sub-groups of language impaired children' In: Fletcher, P. & Paul, D (eds). Language impairment in children: causes, correlates and characteristics. London: Whurr Publishers. [Details]
(1994)'Language acquisition in the child'
Fletcher, P. (1994) 'Language acquisition in the child' In: D. Graddol & J. Swann (eds). The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Oxford: Pergamon Press. [Details]
(1994)'Grammar and language impairment: clinical linguistics as applied linguistics'
Fletcher, P. (1994) 'Grammar and language impairment: clinical linguistics as applied linguistics' In: G. Leech, G. Myers & J. Thomas (eds). Evaluating language. Clevedon: BAAL/Multilingual Matters. [Details]
(1991)'Evidence from syntax for language impairment'
Fletcher, P. (1991) 'Evidence from syntax for language impairment' In: J. Miller (eds). Research on child language disorders: a decade of progress. Austin, Texas: Pro-Ed. [Details]
(1990)'Language Pathology'
Fletcher, P. (1990) 'Language Pathology' In: W. Bright (eds). Oxford International Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(1990)'The breakdown of language: language pathology and therapy'
Fletcher, P. (1990) 'The breakdown of language: language pathology and therapy' In: N.E. Collinge (eds). An encyclopedia of language. London: Routledge. [Details]
(1987)'Aspects of language developement in the pre-school years'
Fletcher, P. (1987) 'Aspects of language developement in the pre-school years' In: W.M. Yule & M. Rutter (eds). Language development and disorders. London: MacKeith. [Details]
(1982)'On grammars and language acquisition'
Fletcher, P. (1982) 'On grammars and language acquisition' In: D. Crystal (eds). Linguistic controversies: essays in linguistic theory and practice in honour of F.R. Palmer. London: Edward Arnold. [Details]
(1983)'An outsider's view of language intervention'
Fletcher, P. (1983) 'An outsider's view of language intervention' In: Miller, J. et al (eds). Contemporary issues in language intervention. Rockville, MD: ASHA Monographs. [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(1995)Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA
Vargha-Khadem, F., Watkins, K., Alcock, K., Fletcher, P. & Passingham, R. (1995) Praxic and non-verbal cognitive deficits in a large family with a genetically-transmitted speech and language disorder Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA , pp.930-933 [Details]
(1995)Proceedings of the XIIIth International Congress of the Phonetic Sciences
Scobbie, J.M., hardcastle, W.J., Fletcher, P. & Gibbon, F. (1995) Consonant clusters in disordered L1 acquisition: a longitudinal acoustic study Proceedings of the XIIIth International Congress of the Phonetic Sciences Stockholm, , pp.706-709 [Details]

Editorship

 YearPublication
(2014)Special Issue: Problem-Based Learning in Communication Disorders Introduction.
Fletcher, P,Weekes, BS,Whitehell, T (2014) Special Issue: Problem-Based Learning in Communication Disorders Introduction. Editorship [DOI] [Details]

Manual

 YearPublication
(2008)Chinese Communicative Development Inventories: Users' Guide and manual.
Tardif, T. & Fletcher, P. (2008) Chinese Communicative Development Inventories: Users' Guide and manual. Beijing: Manual [Details]

Other

 YearPublication
(1997)The Reynell Developmental Language Scales III: the University of Reading edition.
Edwards, S., Fletcher, P., garman, M., Hughes, A., Letts, C. & Sinka, I. (1997) The Reynell Developmental Language Scales III: the University of Reading edition. Windsor: Other [Details]

Professional Activities

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2017)11th World Cleft Lip and Palate Congress,
Fletcher, P. (2017) Language issues in children with cleft palate. [Invited Oral Presentation], 11th World Cleft Lip and Palate Congress, Wuhan, China , 10-NOV-17 - 13-NOV-17. [Details]
(2017)8th National Conference of Reading and Literacy Education,
Fletcher, P. (2017) Early spoken language development and assessment. [Plenary Lecture], 8th National Conference of Reading and Literacy Education, Xi'an, China , 27-SEP-17 - 29-SEP-17. [Details]
(2016)International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics,
Frizelle, P., Harte, J., Fletcher, P., & Gibbon, F. (2016) Investigating the effect of regional native accents on sentence comprehension in children with language impairment. [Poster Presentation], International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, Dublin, Ireland , 22-AUG-16 - 25-AUG-16. [Details]
(2015)Child Language Symposium,
Harte, J., Frizelle, P., Gibbon, F. & Fletcher, P. (2015) The effect of regional accents on sentence comprehension in children with language impairment. [Poster Presentation], Child Language Symposium, Coventry, UK , 20-JUL-15 - 21-JUL-15. [Details]
(2015)Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders,
Harte, J., Frizelle, P., Gibbon, F. & Fletcher, P. (2015) The effect of regional accents on sentence comprehension in children with specific language impairment. [Poster Presentation], Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, Wisconsin , 04-JUN-15 - 06-JUN-15. [Details]
(2014)ASHA Convention,
Harte, J., Frizelle, P., Gibbon, F. & Fletcher, P. (2014) The effect of speaker accent on sentence comprehension in children with language impairment. [Poster Presentation], ASHA Convention, Orlando, Florida , 20-NOV-14 - 22-NOV-14. [Details]
(2014)International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association Conference,
Oliveira, A.; Frizelle, P.; Fletcher, P.; Gibbon, F. (2014) Examination of children's comprehension of relative clauses using a recently developed sentence-to-picture matching tool. [Poster Presentation], International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association Conference, Stockholm, Sweden , 11-JUN-14 - 13-JUN-14. [Details]
(2014)LARSP Across Languages Workshop,
Fletcher P. & Frizelle P. M. (2014) LARSP Stage V: some observations and some data. [Oral Presentation], LARSP Across Languages Workshop, University of Reading UK . [Details]
(2014)International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association Conference,
Fletcher, P.; Frizelle, P. (2014) Profiling relative clauses in children with Specific Language Impairment. [Poster Presentation], International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association Conference, Stockholm, Sweden , 11-JUN-14 - 13-JUN-14. [Details]
(2009)Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference,
O'Toole, C.; Fletcher, P. (2009) How do children learn words? Using crosslinguistic evidence to explore early vocabulary. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference, Galway, IRELAND , 01-OCT-09 - 01-OCT-09. [Details]
(2009)Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference,
O'Toole, C.; Fletcher, P. (2009) Developing an Assessment tool for Minority Language Acquisition. [Poster Presentation], Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference, London, UK , 01-MAR-09 - 01-MAR-09. [Details]
(2008)International Conference on Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics,
O'Toole, C.; Fletcher, P (2008) Using parent report measures to profile the growth of vocabulary in Irish speaking children. [Oral Presentation], International Conference on Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, Istanbul, TURKEY , 01-JUN-08 - 01-JUN-08. [Details]
(2007)Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference,
O'Toole, C. Fletcher, P. (2007) Developing assessment tools for bilingual and minority language acquisition. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference, Kilkenny, IRELAND , 01-MAR-07 - 01-MAR-07. [Details]
(2014)Symposium for Research on Child Language Disorders,
Sultana, A., Stokes, S., Klee, T. & Fletcher, P. (2014) Morphosyntactic Development of Bangla-speaking Preschool Children: Verb morphology. [Poster Presentation], Symposium for Research on Child Language Disorders, Wisconsin-Madison . [Details]
(2013)Fonetik 2013: Nordic Phonetics Conference,
Fletcher, P. (2013) Linguistic complexity and language development. Invited Plenary. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Fonetik 2013: Nordic Phonetics Conference, University of Linkoping, Sweden , 01-JUN-13. [Details]
(2013)European Child Language Disorders Group,
Fletcher, P. (2013) Language impairment in Chinese. [Poster Presentation], European Child Language Disorders Group, NIAS, Wassenaar, The Netherlands , 01-JUN-13. [Details]
(2013)Child Language Seminar,
Frizelle, P. & Fletcher P. (2013) The role of memory in processing relative clauses in children with SLI. [Oral Presentation], Child Language Seminar, Manchester , 24-JUN-13 - 25-JUN-13. [Details]
(2013)Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Biannual Conference,
Frizelle, P. & Fletcher P. (2013) Ease of processing relative clause constructions for children with SLI. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Biannual Conference, Dublin , 18-APR-13 - 19-APR-13. [Details]
(2012)International Association of Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics Conference,
Frizelle, P. & Fletcher P. (2012) The control of Relative Clauses in children with Specific Language Impairment. [Oral Presentation], International Association of Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics Conference, Cork , 27-JUN-12 - 30-JUN-12. [Details]
(2011)Third International conference on Problem-based Learning in Speech Pathology and Audiology,
Paul Fletcher (2011) PBL n SLT: Reminiscence and Reflection. [Plenary Lecture], Third International conference on Problem-based Learning in Speech Pathology and Audiology, Hong Kong , 01-DEC-11 - 02-DEC-11. [Details]
(2011)Symposium on Research in Child language Disorder,
Frizelle, P. & Fletcher P. (2011) Investigating Psycholinguistic markers in children with Specific Language Impairment. [Poster Presentation], Symposium on Research in Child language Disorder, Wisconsin, USA , 07-JUN-11 - 09-JUN-11. [Details]
(2011)International Association for the study of child language Conference,
Frizelle, P. & Fletcher P. (2011) Complex syntax in children with Specific Language Impairment. [Poster Presentation], International Association for the study of child language Conference, Montreal, Canada , 19-JUL-11 - 23-JUL-11. [Details]
(2011)Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Bi-annual National Conference,
Frizelle, P. & Fletcher P. (2011) Invited as plenary speaker: Investigating Relative Clauses in children with Specific Language Impairment. [Plenary Lecture], Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Bi-annual National Conference, Dublin , 24-NOV-11 - 25-NOV-11. [Details]
(2010)Child Language Seminar,
O'Toole, C., Fletcher, P; (2010) Profiling Vocabulary Acquisition in Irish. [Poster Presentation], Child Language Seminar, London, UK , 24-JUN-10 - 25-OCT-10. [Details]
(2010)Asia Pacific Conference of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences,
Fletcher, P. (2010) Towards the identification of language impairment. [Keynote Speaker], Asia Pacific Conference of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Kuala Lumpar . [Details]
(2009)2nd International Clinical Linguistics Conference,
Fletcher, P. & O'Toole, C. (2009) The shape of language impairment: evidence from Irish. [Plenary Lecture], 2nd International Clinical Linguistics Conference, Madrid . [Details]
(2008)XI International Congress for the Study of Child Language,
O'Toole, C. & Fletcher, P. (2008) Validity of Parent Report Measures of Vocabulary and Grammar for 2-year old Irish-speaking children. [Oral Presentation], XI International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh, UK , 28-JUL-08 - 01-AUG-08. [Details]
(2008)XI International Congress for the Study of Child Language,
O’Toole C. & Fletcher, P; (2008) Validity of Parent Report Measures of Vocabulary and Grammar for 2-year old Irish-speaking children. [Poster Presentation], XI International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh , 28-AUG-08 - 01-SEP-08. [Details]
(2008)International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Conference 12,
O'Toole, C. & Fletcher, P. (2008) Using parent report measures to profile the growth of vocabulary and grammar in Irish speaking children. [Oral Presentation], International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Conference 12, Istanbul, TURKEY , 01-JUN-08 - 01-JUN-08. [Details]
(2008)Symposium on Language Disorders in Children,
Fletcher, P. (2008) Is syntax interesting?. [Plenary Lecture], Symposium on Language Disorders in Children, Lund University . [Details]
(2007)European Child Language Disorders Group,
O’Toole, C. & Fletcher P.; (2007) Early language acquisition of Irish. [Oral Presentation], European Child Language Disorders Group, Cork, Ireland , 12-JUL-07 - 14-JUL-07. [Details]
(2007)Child Language Seminar,
O’Toole, C. & Fletcher P. (2007, July). . Paper presented at the ,; (2007) Early language acquisition of Irish. [Oral Presentation], Child Language Seminar, Reading, UK , 18-JUL-07 - 20-JUL-07. [Details]
(2007)Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference,
O’Toole, C. & Fletcher, P.; (2007) Developing assessment tools for bilingual and minority language acquisition. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference, Kilkenny, Ireland , 07-MAR-07 - 09-MAR-07. [Details]
(2007)Child Language Seminar,
O'Toole, C. & Fletcher, P. (2007) Early language acquisition of Irish. [Oral Presentation], Child Language Seminar, Reading, UK , 01-JUL-07 - 01-JUL-07. [Details]
(2006)The First Conference on Problem Based Learning in Speech Language Pathology Programmes,
Fourie, R.J. and Fletcher, P.J.; (2006) Attitudes of first year SLT students in Ireland to PBL. [Oral Presentation], The First Conference on Problem Based Learning in Speech Language Pathology Programmes, Linkoping , 19-MAY-06 - 20-MAY-06. [Details]
(2006)2nd Interdisciplinary Conference, College of Medicine and Health,
O’Toole, C. and Fletcher, P; (2006) Early language acquisition of Irish. [Poster Presentation], 2nd Interdisciplinary Conference, College of Medicine and Health, UCC, Cork, Ireland , 14-NOV-06 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2006)BAAL-IRAAL Conference,
Fletcher, P. (2006) Growing into a language: the early stages. [Plenary Lecture], BAAL-IRAAL Conference, Cork, IRELAND , 07-SEP-06 - 09-SEP-06. [Details]
(2005)First Annual Interdisciplinary Conference,
Fletcher, P.J.; (2005) Speech impairment in a large family: vowels in verbal dyspraxia. [Poster Presentation], First Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, UCC , 25-NOV-05 - 25-NOV-05. [Details]
(2004)International Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics Association,
Ciocca, V., Yan, T.K-S., Fletcher, P., Vargha-Khadem, F. & Belton, E. (2004) Diphthong and vowel production of errors in speakers with a genetic speech and language disorder. [Oral Presentation], International Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics Association, Lafayette, Louisiana , 01-FEB-04 - 01-FEB-04. [Details]
(2004)Symposium on Research in Child Language Development,
Thal, D. & Fletcher, P. (2004) The MacArthur-Bates CDI and late talkers in English and Cantonese. [Oral Presentation], Symposium on Research in Child Language Development, Madison, Wisconsin , 01-JUN-04 - 01-JUN-04. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
University College Cork Academic Board Member2006 / 2008
Academic Council Graduate Studies Committee Member2007 / 2008
Academic Steering Committee of the New ESRC Centre for Language and Communicative Development Independent Academic/
UCC Executive Committee, College of Medicine and Health Member2003 / 2008
University Student Discipline Committee Chair2006 / 2007
University Student Discipline Committee Member2007 / 2008

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Speech and Hearing Sciences, University College Cork Emeritus Professor01-JAN-08 /
University College Cork Head of Clinical Therapies,01-JAN-05 / 31-DEC-08
Department of Speech and Language Therapy, University College Cork. Professor and Head,01-JAN-03 / 31-DEC-08
Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Hong Kong Chair Professor,01-JAN-02 / 31-DEC-03
Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences, University of Hong Kong Chair Professor and Head,01-JAN-95 / 31-DEC-02
Department of Linguistic Science, University of Reading Professor (personal chair)01-JAN-90 / 31-DEC-95
Department of Linguistic Science, University of Reading Reader01-JAN-86 / 31-DEC-90
Department of Linguistic Science, University of Reading Lecturer01-JAN-75 / 31-DEC-86
Department of Linguistic Science, University of Reading Postdoctoral Fellow01-JAN-73 / 31-DEC-75
University of Canterbury, New Zealand Erskine Fellow01-FEB-12 / 30-JUN-12
Linkoping University, Sweden Visiting Professor01-APR-13 / 30-JUN-13

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1973University of Alberta Ph.D.Linguistics
1968Reading University M.Phil.Linguistics
1966Oxford University B.A.Greek. Latin, Ancient History and Philosophy

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Journal Of Child Language Editor01-JAN-75 - 01-JAN-85
Applied Psycholinguistics Member of Editorial Board01-JAN-02 - 31-DEC-07
International Journal Of Language & Communication Disorders Member of Editorial Board01-JAN-98 -
Journal Of Child Language Editor31-DEC-03 - 31-DEC-10
Journal Of Child Language Member of Editorial Board31-DEC-10 -
Journal Of Child Language Member of Editorial Board01-JAN-85 - 31-DEC-03
Clinical Linguistics And Phonetics Member of Editorial Board01-JAN-87 -

Other Activities

 Description

PhD Examining
University of Alberta, University of Amsterdam
Free University Brussels (VFB)
City University of Hong Kong
University College London
Universities of Bergen, Edinburgh, Groningen, Keele, LaTrobe, Lund, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Melbourne, Oslo, Tel Aviv, Work, Witwatersrand.

External Examining - Taught Courses
1979-1981 BSc (Hons) in Speech, University of Newcastle
1981-1985 BSc Speech Therapy, University of Ulster (Ulster Polytechnic)
1984-1987 BA (Hons) Linguistics, University of Manchester
1986-1989 BSc Communication Disorders, Leeds Polytechnic
1988-1982 MSc Communication Disorders, NHCSS/U.London 1992-1995 Diploma/MSc Speech Therapy, NHCSS/U.London/UCL
1994-1997 BSc (Hons) Communication Disorders, Trinity College Dublin
1995-1999 B.A.(Hons) English Language, National University of Singapore

Board Member of the Standing Review Board of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, 2015-2017

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2011Pauline Frizelle University College CorkPhDInvestigating complex sentences in children with language impairment
2010Damhnait Ni Mhurchu MScNarrative performance in children with spina bifida.
2009Ciara O'Toole University College CorkPhDEarly language development in Irish.

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