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    Precursors to language development in typically and atypically developing infants and toddlers: the importance of embracing complexity

    D'Souza, Dean and D'Souza, Hana and Karmiloff-Smith, Annette (2017) Precursors to language development in typically and atypically developing infants and toddlers: the importance of embracing complexity. Journal of Child Language 44 (3), pp. 591-627. ISSN 0305-0009.

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    Abstract

    In order to understand how language abilities emerge in typically and atypically developing infants and toddlers, it is important to embrace complexity in development. In this paper, we describe evidence that early language development is an experience-dependent process, shaped by diverse, interconnected, interdependent developmental mechanisms, processes, and abilities (e.g. statistical learning, sampling, functional specialization, visual attention, social interaction, motor ability). We also present evidence from our studies on neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Williams syndrome) that variations in these factors significantly contribute to language delay. Finally, we discuss how embracing complexity, which involves integrating data from different domains and levels of description across developmental time, may lead to a better understanding of language development and, critically, lead to more effective interventions for cases when language develops atypically.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication following peer review. The version of record is available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): language development, language precursors, neurodevelopmental disorders, functional specialization, Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Williams syndrome
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2017 17:11
    Last Modified: 27 Jun 2020 07:56
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/18247

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