Language and Motor Interactions in Development

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  • Language and motor development have traditionally been viewed as independent domains, each showing unique developmental trajectories and each vulnerable to disorder. Caregivers report when their child sits and walks and when their child produces first words and sentences without consideration of interactions across these motor and language accomplishments. It has, however, become an increasingly compelling possibility that language and motor development are interactive and codependent. While the nature and extent of such interactivity remain an open question, there have been serious attempts at building a theoretically motivated case for interactivity. In addition, much behavioral evidence from typical and atypical development supports language and motor interactions.

    Theory: Dynamical Systems and Individual Differences

    The majority of researchers studying language acquisition have considered early conceptual, lexical, morphosyntactic, and phonological development ...

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