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Later language

Vesna Stojanovik

in Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across the Lifespan

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199594818
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738166 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594818.003.0057

Series: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Later language

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This chapter reviews the literature on linguistic abilities in English-speaking older children, adolescents, and adults with Williams syndrome (WS) regarding morphosyntax, phonology, lexical semantics and pragmatics, and in those speaking other languages. The evidence for the status of different linguistic skills in individuals with WS is evaluated with reference to the current theoretical debate about the contribution of neurodevelopmental disorders to the understanding of typical cognitive organization. The chapter shows the neuroconstructivist approach and that the use of developmental trajectories have advanced current knowledge of the linguistic profile in this population. Links between brain abnormalities and resulting phenotypic outcomes are also discussed.

Keywords: language ability; linguistic ability; Williams syndrome; morphosyntax; phonology; lexical semantics; pragmatics; neurodevelopmental disorders; cognitive organization

Chapter.  9021 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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