Deficits in speech perception predict language learning impairment.

  title={Deficits in speech perception predict language learning impairment.},
  author={Johannes C. Ziegler and Catherine Pech-Georgel and Florence George and F Xavier Alario and Christian Lorenzi},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={102 39},
Specific language impairment (SLI) is one of the most common childhood disorders, affecting 7% of children. These children experience difficulties in understanding and producing spoken language despite normal intelligence, normal hearing, and normal opportunities to learn language. The causes of SLI are still hotly debated, ranging from nonlinguistic deficits in auditory perception to high-level deficits in grammar. Here, we show that children with SLI have poorer-than-normal consonant… CONTINUE READING
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