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Inhibitory Control Predicts Grammatical Ability

Ibbotson, Paul and Kearvell-White, Jennifer (2015). Inhibitory Control Predicts Grammatical Ability. PLoS ONE, 10(12)

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Abstract

We present evidence that individual variation in grammatical ability can be predicted by individual variation in inhibitory control. We tested 81 5-year-olds using two classic tests from linguistics and psychology (Past Tense and the Stroop). Inhibitory control was a better predicator of grammatical ability than either vocabulary or age. Our explanation is that giving the correct response in both tests requires using a common cognitive capacity to inhibit unwanted competition. The implications are that understanding the developmental trajectory of language acquisition can benefit from integrating the developmental trajectory of non-linguistic faculties, such as executive control.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Authors
ISSN: 1932-6203
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Childhood Studies
Item ID: 45115
Depositing User: Paul Ibbotson
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2016 17:15
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 19:18
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/45115
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