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Friday, February 9, 2018 at 12:20pm
202 Uris Hall
Julia Evans, PhD
Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Director, Child Language and Cognitive Processes Lab
University of Texas, Dallas
Poles, Bowls, and Dinosaur Bones
How Atypical Lexical Representations May Be Derailing Sentence Comprehension for Children with Specific Language Impairment
Rumelhart (1979) argued that comprehension, like perception, should be likened to Hebb’s (1949) paleontologist, who uses his or her beliefs and knowledge about dinosaurs in conjunction with the clues provided by the available bone fragments to construct a full-fledged model of the original. In this talk, I explore studies that suggest that, while real world knowledge is intact in children with SLI, deficits at the lexical level (the bone fragments) may be profoundly influencing sentence comprehension performance in children with SLI.
12:20 @ 202 Uris Hall
Refreshments to be served @ 12:10