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

Andrea Marini, Cinzia Gentili, Massimo Molteni, Franco Fabbro

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3534-3542
Number of pages9
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume35
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2014

Keywords

  • Language
  • Non word repetition
  • Specific language impairment
  • Verbal working memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Medicine(all)

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