9.56J / 24.907J Abnormal Language

As taught in: Fall 2004

The Tower of Babel, Bruegel.

The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. (Image courtesy of the WebMuseum Web site. Photographs of Bruegel works in WebMuseum by Mark Harden and Carol Gerten-Jackson.)


Undergraduate / Graduate


Mr. Christopher Hirsch

Prof. Ken Wexler

Course Description

Introduction to the linguistic study of language pathology, concentrating on experimental approaches and theoretical explanations. Discussion of Specific Language Impairment, autism, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, normal aging, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, hemispherectomy and aphasia. Focuses on the comparison of linguistic abilities among these syndromes, while drawing clear comparisons with first and second language acquisition. Topics include the lexicon, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Relates the lost linguistic abilities in these syndromes to properties of the brain.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.