This interesting post regarding the frequent confusion in differential diagnosis with autism and late talking comes from the Eide neurolearning blog. A reference within the post links this neuroimaging study that concludes that late talking children apparantly use their right brains more than their left brains during speech.
This post from one of my favorite blogs – Cognition and Language Lab - briefly laments the notion that language studies over-focus on nouns, ignoring the different processes involved in learning other parts of speech. To compensate they’ve set up a web based verb study.
Teach Effectively! comments here on a study that illustrates the effect of early instructional methods on adult reading strategies. Essentially, adults who’d had phonics instruction as a child relied less on vocabulary based context in reading nonwords than adults who’d had no phonics. The larger point was to emphasize the long term impact of differing instructional methods.