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Differential verbal working memory effects on linguistic production in children with Specific Language Impairment

Authors
Journal
Research in Developmental Disabilities
0891-4222
Publisher
Elsevier
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2014.08.031
Keywords
  • Specific Language Impairment
  • Language
  • Verbal Working Memory
  • Non Word Repetition
Disciplines
  • Linguistics
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Deficits in verbal working memory (vWM) have often been reported in children with Specific Language Impairments (SLIs) and might significantly contribute to their linguistic difficulties. The linguistic and narrative skills of a group of children with diagnosis of SLI were compared to those of a group of children with typical development. The linguistic assessment included a comprehensive analysis of their lexical, grammatical and narrative abilities. Overall, the participants with SLI had difficulties at all three levels of linguistic processing. The effect of vWM was marginal on lexical processing, significant on grammatical structuring, and null on narrative construction.

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