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Comprehension of metaphor and metonymy in children with Williams syndrome

Annaz, Dagmara and Van Herwegen, Jo and Thomas, Michael and Fishman, Roza and Karmiloff-Smith, Annette and Rundblad, Gabriella (2009) Comprehension of metaphor and metonymy in children with Williams syndrome. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 44 (6). pp. 962-78. ISSN 1368-2822. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Figurative language, such as metaphor and metonymy, is very common in daily language use. Its underlying cognitive processes are sometimes viewed as lying at the interface of language and thought. Williams syndrome, which is a rare genetic developmental disorder, provides an opportunity to study this interface because individuals with this disorder have relative strengths in vocabulary and syntax against a background of low general cognitive ability. Few studies have investigated metaphor comprehension in Williams syndrome and none has investigated metonymy.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: Age Factors, Case-Control Studies, Child, Child Language, Comprehension, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Humans, Language Tests, Linguistics, Male, Metaphor, Photic Stimulation, Symbolism, Vocabulary, Williams Syndrome
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2014 10:14
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:08
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