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Exploring musical cognition in children with specific language impairment

  title={Exploring musical cognition in children with specific language impairment},
  author={Amy Fancourt},
This aim of this thesis was to investigate musical cognition in children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) and typical development. The studies carried out utilised a combination of standardised assessments and experimental measures to investigate low-level perceptual to higher-order musical competencies. The theoretical framework motivating the studies comes from three broad theoretical accounts that differentially accentuate the auditory processing, cognitive and linguistic deficits in… 
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