Dec 1, 1999
International Journal of Behavioral Development
In the nal chapter, Bishop assesses a modular account of SLI versus an interactional developmental approach. In her view, a modular approach is not well suited to explaining a developmental disorder, because it focuses on defective isolated parts and ignores the interactions between different parts of the whole cognitive system. In development, such interactions also take place on a temporal dimension, such that a particular malfunctioning earlier in time may inuence later functioning in different areas of cognitive activity. Bishop strongly argues for an interactional developmental approach and concludes the book with suggestions for future research strategies. This book is excellently written. Dorothy Bishop manages to combine discussing pertinent and controversial theoretical accounts of SLI with giving a clear presentation of empirical results and an introduction to basic terms of linguistic theory and psychological testing. The book is suited to researchers, students, teachers, and practitioners alike. It is well structured, presenting an outline in the rst chapter and containing an overview at the beginning of following chapters. Bishop presents the latest developments in the area of research and theory on specic language impairment. She does not shy away from controversies, exposes the strengths and weaknesses of different theoretical accounts with great clarity, and points to the routes research has to take next.