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Lexical-semantic processes in children with specific language impairment


, : Lexical-semantic processes in children with specific language impairment. Neuroreport 17(14): 1511-1514

The current study used event-related brain potentials to investigate lexical-semantic processing of words in sentences spoken by children with specific language impairment and children with normal language development. Children heard correct sentences and sentences with a violation of the selectional restriction of the verb. Control children showed an N400 effect followed by a late positivity for the incorrect sentences. In contrast, children with specific language impairment showed no N400 effect but did show a late, broadly distributed positivity. This absence of the N400 effect is due to a relatively large negativity for correct sentences, suggesting weaker lexical-semantic representations of the verbs and their selectional restrictions in children with specific language impairment.

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PMID: 16957599

DOI: 10.1097/01.wnr.0000236850.61306.91


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