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Abnormal Language


Provider
MIT OpenCourseware

Price
Free

School
MIT

Type
University

Instructors
Mr. Christopher Hirsch, Prof. Ken Wexler

Category
Life Sciences

Format
Mixed

Language
English

Description
Introduction to the linguistic study of language pathology, concentrating on experimental approaches and theoretical explanations. Discussion of Specific Language Impairment, autism, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, normal aging, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, hemispherectomy and aphasia. Focuses on the comparison of linguistic abilities among these syndromes, while drawing clear comparisons with first and second language acquisition. Topics include the lexicon, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Relates the lost linguistic abilities in these syndromes to properties of the brain.

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