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Electrophysiology Methods in Language Development
A considerable amount of knowledge regarding child language development has been gained simply by [Page 190]recording children's productions of and responses to speech sounds, words, and utterances. However, there are limits to what knowledge can be gained from observations of behavior. First, it is notoriously difficult to evaluate knowledge and processing of language in very young children because it is difficult to instruct a child with limited language skills to carry out a desired task or the child may be noncompliant. In addition, limitations in development of other systems (e.g., motor development) may interfere with obtaining a full picture of a child's linguistic abilities.
Electrophysiological methods can help to overcome or sidestep some of the challenges of research with child populations. The goals of this entry ...