The production of figurative language in typically developing children and Williams syndrome

Naylor, Lauren and Van Herwegen, Jo (2011) The production of figurative language in typically developing children and Williams syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33(2), pp. 711-716. ISSN (print) 0891-4222

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Abstract

The current study investigated the development of figurative language production, including different types of figurative expressions, during a fictional narrative in 20 typically developing (TD) children and 20 children with Williams syndrome (WS) aged 7-18 years old. In contrast to previous studies, developmental trajectories showed that (1) the production of figurative expressions in TD children did not change with age, (2) the WS group produced a similar amount of figurative expressions in comparison to the TD group, (3) but regression analyses showed that, out of a number of verbal and non-verbal standardised background measures, synonymy knowledge was the best predictor for figurative language production scores in WS. Both the clinical and theoretical implications of these results are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Psychology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Science (until November 2012)
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Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2012 08:34
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2012 08:34
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/21963

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