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Speaking genes or genes for speaking? Deciphering the genetics of speech and language
Article first published online: 5 JAN 2009
© 2008 The Author. Journal compilation © 2008 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume 50, Issue 1-2, pages 116–125, January/February 2009
How to Cite
Grigorenko, E. L. (2009), Speaking genes or genes for speaking? Deciphering the genetics of speech and language. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50: 116–125. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2008.02006.x
- Issue published online: 29 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 5 JAN 2009
- Manuscript accepted 8 July 2008
- Disorders of spoken and written language;
- componential approach;
- intercorrelations and interdependencies
Background: This article selectively reviews the status of the genetic research in the field of speech and language disorders.
Methods: Major contributions to the field are selected, presented, and discussed.
Results: The field presents itself through a variety of findings, characterized by both consistencies and inconsistencies.
Conclusions: The last 30 + years of the field unequivocally testify to the importance of genetic factors in the acquisition of speech and language. However, the details of how these factors exert their influence are yet to be determined.