Children with Specific Language Impairment, Second Edition


Children with specific language impairment (SLI) show a significant deficit in spoken language that cannot be attributed to neurological damage, hearing impairment, or intellectual disability. More prevalent than autism and at least as prevalent as dyslexia, SLI affects approximately seven percent of all children; it is longstanding, with adverse effects on academic, social, and (eventually) economic standing. The first edition of this work established Children with Specific Language Impairment as the landmark reference on this condition, considering not only the disorder's history, possible origins, and treatment but also what SLI might tell us about language organization and development in general. This second edition offers a complete update of the earlier volume.

Much of the second edition is completely new, reflecting findings and interpretations based on the hundreds of studies that have appeared since the publication of the first edition in 1997. Topics include linguistic details (descriptive and theoretical), word and sentence processing findings, genetics, neurobiology, treatment, and comparisons to such conditions as autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and dyslexia. The book covers SLI in children who speak a wide range of languages, and, although the emphasis is on children, it also includes studies of adults who were diagnosed with SLI as children or are the parents of children with SLI.

Written by a leading scholar in the field, Children with Specific Language Impairment offers the most comprehensive, balanced, and unified treatment of SLI available.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. I. Foundations
  3. 1. Introduction
  4. 2. Characterizing the Language Deficit: Basic Concepts
  5. II. Describing the Data: Linguistic and Nonlinguistic Findings
  6. 3. The Language Characteristics of SLI: A Detailed Look at English
  7. 4. SLI across Languages
  8. 5. Exploring the Boundaries of SLI
  9. III. Nature and Nurture
  10. 6. The Genetics of SLI
  11. 7. The Neurobiology of SLI
  12. 8. The Linguistic and Communicative Environment
  13. IV. Theoretical Issues
  14. 9. SLI as a Deficit in Linguistic Knowledge
  15. 10. Processing Limitations and SLI
  16. 11. SLI as a Deficit in Specific Mechanisms
  17. 12. Grammatical Deficits in SLI and the Role of Input
  18. V. Clinical Issues
  19. 13. The Nature and Efficacy of Treatment
  20. VI. Conclusions
  21. 14. Why Study SLI Revisited
  22. References
  23. Name Index
  24. Subject Index