What is typical language development?

Michael Thomas, Themis Karaminis, Victoria Knowland

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In light of Musolino, Chunyo and Landau’s findings and conclusions regarding syntax comprehension in Williams syndrome (this issue), we review the criteria used to determine whether the development of language is typical or atypical and our current understanding of the causes of language delay. Given a certain set of theoretical assumptions (e.g., generative / modular), fairly poor performance can nevertheless be viewed as indicating typical development. Given other theoretical assumptions (e.g., a neuroconstructivist view of constrained development), the same data can be viewed as indicative of atypicality.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLanguage Learning and Development
Early online date7 Apr 2010
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Apr 2010


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