chapter  3
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Memory span and language proficiency * N.

Many teachers are puzzled by the sometimes arbitrary boundary between what children with learning difficulties or very young children can understand and what they fail to understand in what is said to them and in what they are able or unable to express. Some recent factor analytic studies have identified components of cognitive processes such as perceptual speed, stimulus trace, its behavioural concomitant short-term memory and a sentence complexity. The experimental investigation of such factors as variables in cognitive tasks may shed some light on intellectual performance in general and on language performance in particular.