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date: 19 February 2020

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This chapter begins with a brief description of Williams syndrome (WS). It then summarizes the findings from research on intellectual ability as measured by intelligence tests and considers research on early language acquisition, followed by findings from research on the language abilities of school-aged children and adolescents with WS. A central theme will be that, far from demonstrating the independence of language from cognition, WS provides strong evidence for their interdependence throughout development. The chapter ends with a short section on implications of these findings for future research and for intervention.

Keywords: Williams syndrome, language development, intellectual ability, language acquisition, cognition

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