Language deficits and specific reading retardation: cause or effect?

David L. Share, Phil A. Silva

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The nature of the relationship between general language skills and reading disability was investigated in a large sample of children for whom language data were available at ages 3 and 11. A significant decline in the language skills of the reading‐disabled group between ages 3 and 11 was consistent with the view that general language deficits in this group may be partly the consequence of their reading difficulties. 1987 Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-226
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Language and Communication Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1987
Externally publishedYes


  • language skills
  • reading disabilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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