ITRW on Experimental Linguistics
The present paper investigates the syntactic abilities of a group of individuals with Williams Syndrome to explore the debates surrounding the dissociation between language and cognition as well as possible dissociations within the language module in this population. Experimental linguistic measures that assess interpretation of passives, pronouns and reflexives as well as elicitation and comprehension of whquestions were employed. Overall results for the WS group reveal little evidence of the reported spared linguistic abilities in this population thus challenging the idea of a relatively intact language system in WS.
Bibliographic reference. Joffe, Victoria / Varlokosta, Spyridoula (2006): "Syntactic abilities in Williams syndrome: how intact is intact²?", In ExLing-2006, 157-160.