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Language Development in Childhood, Adolescence, and Young Adulthood in Persons with Down Syndrome

Robin S. Chapman and Elizabeth Kay-Raining Bird

in The Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Development

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195305012
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195305012.013.0012

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Language Development in Childhood, Adolescence, and Young Adulthood in Persons with Down Syndrome

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This chapter summarizes the strengths and weaknesses of the emerging language profile in children, adolescents, and young adults with Down syndrome (DS). It reviews in detail studies of expressive language skill in vocabulary, speech—motor skill, syntax, and pragmatics, and includes a section on studies of receptive language skill in vocabulary and syntax. Finally, the chapter considers proposed causes of the behavioral language phenotype and individual variation in its expression, and discusses the implications of the findings.

Keywords: Down syndrome; language profile; language skill; speech-motor skill; syntax; pragmatics

Article.  12012 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Developmental Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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