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Title: Uneducated families = Noncomplex language?
Submitter: Kevin R. Gregg
Description: I have nothing to say (worth reading, anyway) on the subject, but I was
reminded of a recent article that might be of interest:

D.A. Hackman & M.J. Farah. 2009. Socioeconomic status and the developing
brain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 13:65-73.

I haven't had a chance to read it, but they do touch on language
development (although Kuhl is not cited).

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Date Posted: 01-May-2009
Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Cognitive Science
Language Acquisition
LL Issue: 20.1674
Posted: 01-May-2009

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