Developmental Theory and Language Disorders

Developmental Theory and Language Disorders

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The chapters in this volume arise from presentations at a unique conference on typical and atypical language development held in Madison, USA in 2002. This joint meeting of the International Association for the Study of Child Language, and the Symposium for Research in Child Language Disorders brought together - for the first time in such large numbers - researchers from these two distinct but related fields. The week-long schedule of the conference allowed for an in-depth interrogation of their theoretical positions, methodologies and findings. In the contributions to this volume we have put together a carefully selected set of papers which from various perspectives explore the linkage between developmental theory and language impairment, and at the same time illustrate the effects of distinct conditions - hearing loss, autism, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome and specific language impairment - on the communication abilities of affected individuals. An introductory chapter, and a detailed summary which picks up recurring themes in the chapters, complete the more

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  • Hardback | 226 pages
  • 160 x 246.4 x 20.3mm | 544.32g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Benjamins (John) North America Inc.,US
  • Netherlands
  • English
  • 158811631X
  • 9781588116314

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. Developmental theory and language disorders: Background issues (by Miller, Jon F.); 3. Constraints on language development: Insights from developmental disorders (by Thomas, Michael S.C.); 4. Constructions and language development: Implications for language impairment (by Fletcher, Paul); 5. Language development in Down syndrome and fragile X syndrome: Current research and implications for theory and practice (by Abbeduto, Leonard); 6. The role of language and communication impairments within autism (by Gernsbacher, Morton Ann); 7. Language acquisition in children with a cochlear implant (by Schauwers, Karen); 8. Critical periods in the acquisition of lexical skills: Evidence from deaf individuals (by Lederberg, Amy R.); 9. Developmental theory and language disorders: A thematic summary (by Garman, Michael); 10. References; 11. Indexshow more