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ERIC Number: EJ1063123
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
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ISSN: ISSN-0271-8294
The Role of Verbal Working Memory in Children's Sentence Comprehension: A Critical Review
Evan, Kidd
Topics in Language Disorders, v33 n3 p208-223 Jul-Sep 2013
This article reviews research that has investigated the role of verbal working memory (VWM) in sentence comprehension in both typical and atypical developmental populations. Two theoretical approaches that specify different roles for VWM in sentence comprehension are considered: (i) capacity-limit approaches, which treat VWM as a theoretical primitive that causally constrains language processing and acquisition, and (ii) the experience-based approach, which argues that VWM is an emergent property of long-term linguistic knowledge. The empirical literature relevant to these different approaches is then reviewed. Although there has been considerable recent research on the topic, it is concluded that the current role of working memory in sentence comprehension in development is unclear, calling for a greater number of controlled systematic developmental studies on the topic.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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