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Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across the LifespanA neuroconstructivist approach$
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Emily K. Farran and Annette Karmiloff-Smith

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199594818

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594818.001.0001

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Later language

Later language

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(p.205) Chapter 11 Later language
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Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across the Lifespan
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Vesna Stojanovik

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594818.003.0057

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

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