ERIC Number: EJ938028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
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Manipulating the Characteristics of Words and Nonwords to Better Understand Word Learning
Vitevitch, Michael S.
Applied Psycholinguistics, v27 n4 p594-598 2006
The work of Susan Gathercole and others on nonword repetition has increased general interest in the relationship between memory and language, and has provided a fertile theoretical framework for researchers to explore how the language system makes use of the phonological loop, a component in Baddeley's (1986) working memory model. Gathercole (2006) integrated a number of findings from a variety of research methodologies and populations to support this theoretical framework. She also discussed how this framework might be applied to increase our understanding of language disorders characterized by word learning problems. Synthesizing the findings from many and diverse areas of study to formulate a coherent theory is a challenge, but this challenge must be undertaken if we hope to significantly advance our understanding of human behavior, including the differences in processing that are found across the lifespan and across individuals. I admire Gathercole for undertaking this challenge (and the additional challenge of applying the theory to language disorders) in the area of word learning.
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Memory, Language, Models, Phonology, Language Impairments, Theories
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