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Words, nonwords, and phonological processes: Some comments on Gathercole, Willis, Emslie, and Baddeley

  • Maggie Snowling (a1), Shula Chiat (a2) and Charles Hulme (a3)


Gathercole, Willis, Emslie, and Baddeley (1991) present a reanalysis of some of their earlier data concerned with the relationship between nonword repetition and the development of vocabulary knowledge in young children. In the present article we outline some theoretical differences between ourselves and this group in the interpretation of nonword repetition and discuss how best these differences could be resolved.


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Dr. Margaret J. Snowling, The National Hospital’s College of Speech Sciences, Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street, London WC1N 1PG, England


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Applied Psycholinguistics
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