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Aided Language Acquisition

Children with severe congenital speech impairments often use aided modes of communication, such as graphic symbols, pictures and alphabetic scripts. Interpreting the output of children communicating using these modes is challenging, as there is currently little research to inform our understanding of what is typical in the acquisition of language using an aided modality. This research project is a cross-linguistic study, with partners in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Brasil, UK, US and Taiwan. The goal is to collect and analyse in depth samples of communication, to allow crosslinguistic study of the emergence of language structure using graphic symbols.

For further information contact: Dr Martine Smith