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Title: Williams Syndrome across Languages
Edited By: Susanne Bartke
Julia Siegmüller
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LALD%2036
Series Title: Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 36

Williams Syndrome (WS), aka Williams Beuren Syndrome, is a developmental disorder that we know about for some forty years. The cause for WS was detected only recently: a micro deletion on chromosome 7, more specifically at the region of chromosome 7q11.23. The cognitive and behavioral profile in WS is characterized by a marked discrepancy between verbal and non-verbal skills combined with relatively spared linguistic skills. Recent research has shown considerable progress defining the areas of intactness in linguistic abilities. This volume builds on that research, giving an overview of the psycholinguistic research undertaken and opening up new perspectives and insights through new data and analyses. This book is of interest to researchers of applied cognitive science and to linguists more occupied with theoretical research.

Table of contents

Tables and figures vii
List of contributors ix
Williams syndrome: An introduction
Susanne Bartke and Julia Siegmüller 1–6
I. Phenotype and genotype in Williams syndrome
Williams syndrome from a clinical perspective
Julia Siegmüller and Susanne Bartke 9–37
Genetics of Williams-Beuren syndrome
Karl-Heinz Grzeschik 39–59
II. Language development and language competence in WS
Relations between language and cognition in Williams syndrome
Carolyn B. Mervis, Byron F. Robinson, Melissa L. Rowe, Angela M. Becerra and Bonita P. Klein-Tasman 63–92
Spared domain-specific cognitive capacities? Syntax and morphology in Williams syndrome and Down syndrome: 1
Chris Schaner-Wolles 93–124
Phonological processing in Williams syndrome
Steve Majerus 125–142
Fast mapping in Williams syndrome: A single case study
Marita Böhning, Franziska Starke and Jürgen Weissenborn 143–161
Language in preschool Italian children with Williams and Down syndromes
Virginia Volterra, Olga Capirci, Maria Cristina Caselli and Stefano Vicari 163–186
Language in Hungarian children with Williams syndrome
Ágnes Lukács, Csaba Pléh and Mihály Racsmány 187–220
Lexical and morphological skills in English-speaking children with Williams syndrome
Harald Clahsen, Melanie Ring and Christine Temple 221–244
Regular and irregular inflectional morphology in German Williams syndrome
Martina Penke and Marion Krause 245–270
Emergent linguistic competence in children with Williams syndrome: A study of Hebrew speaking toddlers
Yonata Levy 271–293
Wh-questions in Greek children with Williams syndrome: A comparison with SLI and normal development
Stavroula Stavrakaki 295–318
The comprehension of complex wh-questions in German-speaking individuals with WS: A multiple case study
Julia Siegmüller and Jürgen Weissenborn 319–343
Passives in German children with Williams syndrome
Susanne Bartke 345–370
Index of tests 371
Index of subjects

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
Language Disorders
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027252955
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xvi, 385 pp.
Prices: Europe EURO 115.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588114945
ISBN-13: 9781588114945
Pages: xvi, 385 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 155