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Development of Sequential Dependencies in Typical and Atypical Language Learners - BBS Colloquium

Friday, May 5 at 10:00am to 11:00am

Callier Center Richardson Addition (CRA), CRA 12.110
2895 Facilities Way, Richardson, TX 75080

Speaker: Lisa Goffman, PhD, Distinguished Lecturer
UT Dallas 

Title: Development of Sequential Dependencies in Typical and Atypical Language Learners

Abstract: Infants are able to learn sound patterns that obligate local sequential dependencies that are no longer readily accessible to adults (Gerken et al., 2019). However, adults can learn similar patterns that do not require attention to sequential dependencies. This surprising developmental trajectory, in which infants and young children show learning skills that adults do not, also raises intriguing questions about learning in a group of children characterized by their language difficulties—those with developmental language disorder (DLD). Children with DLD show deficits in the organization of sequential patterns in both language production and non-linguistic motor skill. Thus, DLD does not appear to be a disorder of speech, language, or motor skill, but rather an impaired ability to detect and deploy sequential dependencies over multiple domains. 

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This talk will be in-person at Callier Richardson Addition at UT Dallas in CRA 12.110. The talk will also be presented virtually on Zoom.

The talk will be streamed on May 5 at 10am on Zoom. Join the talk on Zoom.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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