Language Development in Williams Syndrome

Carolyn B. Mervis

in The Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Development

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195305012
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Language Development in Williams Syndrome

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This chapter begins with a brief description of Williams syndrome (WS). It then summarizes the findings from research on intellectual ability as measured by intelligence tests and considers research on early language acquisition, followed by findings from research on the language abilities of school-aged children and adolescents with WS. A central theme will be that, far from demonstrating the independence of language from cognition, WS provides strong evidence for their interdependence throughout development. The chapter ends with a short section on implications of these findings for future research and for intervention.

Keywords: Williams syndrome; language development; intellectual ability; language acquisition; cognition

Article.  14461 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Developmental Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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