The role of absolute and relative cue frequency in language learning and use in individuals with Developmental Language Disorder
Friday, April 5, 2019
4:00 PM, Tol 215
It is well accepted that competent language users draw on multiple cues in order to produce and process sentences in real time. This talk will highlight challenges that individuals with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) have in drawing on these cues for sentence comprehension, with a particular emphasis on the roles of relative frequency of a word or morpheme within a larger construction (aka verb bias). I further posit that language therapy is fundamentally specialized input designed to manipulate the frequency and variability of the input in order to draw attention to particularly useful cues and enhance learning. I will conclude the talk by identifying ways that linguistic theories surrounding the learning of absolute and relative frequencies of words, morphemes, and constructions can be deployed to benefit children with DLD.