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Commentary on Keynote

  • James Montgomery (a1) and Julia Evans (a2)
Abstract

In her Keynote, Gathercole (2006) provides a comprehensive review regarding the nature of the nonword repetition (NWR) task and a compelling argument for the utility of the task as a robust index of children's phonological short-term storage capacity. She further argues that temporary phonological storage acts as a primitive learning mechanism that plays an instrumental role in the lexical learning of young children, including children with specific language impairment (SLI). In this Commentary, we focus our remarks on two related themes concerning the relation of NWR and SLI: (a) performance on NWR tasks provides a window into these children's more general cognitive (dis)abilities and (b) the robustness of NWR as a predictor of these children's lexical knowledge and learning abilities.

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