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Characterising compensation

Thomas, Michael S.C. (2005) Characterising compensation. Cortex 41 (3), pp. 434-442. ISSN 0010-9452.

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This article considers Ullman and Pierpont’s Procedural Deficit theory of Specific Language Impairment (SLI). The theory represents an innovative attempt to fill the gap between brain and cognition in SLI, and has the potential to explain the non-linguistic as well as linguistic deficits seen in this disorder. The theory is reviewed with regard to: (1) the claims it makes on the domain-specificity of language structures; (2) the falsifiability conditions of the theory; (3) the level of detail at which compensatory processes are specified; and (4) from a computational perspective, whether the inferences that the theory draws from uneven behavioural impairments to underlying structural deficits are necessary ones.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): developmental disorders, compensation, Specific Language Impairment, past tense, computational modelling, connectionism
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Sarah Hall
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2012 13:57
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 12:01

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