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Rhythmic perception, music and language in children with SLI - The Nuffield Foundation

In this project funded by the Nuffield Foundation, we explore the role of music and rhythm perception in the language processing of children who have very marked difficulties in processing spoken language. We expect to find that some of the same underlying mechanisms that are important in dyslexia are also important in SLI, suggesting that similar methods of remediation could be very beneficial. This project is led by Dr Ruth Cumming with research assistance from Dr Anji Wilson, and builds on the PhD work of Susan Richards.

April 2010 - December 2015



Nuffield FoundationBRIEFING REPORT:

Goswami U, Cumming R, and Wilson A (2016). Rhythmic Perception, Music and Language: A New Theoretical Framework for Understanding and Remediating Specific Language Impairment


Journal articles:

  • Cumming R, Wilson A, Leong V, Colling LJ, Goswami U (2015). Awareness of rhythm patterns in speech and music in children with specific language impairments. Front. Hum. Neurosci. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00672
  • Cumming R, Wilson A, Goswami U (2015). Basic auditory processing and sensitivity to prosodic structure in children with specific language impairments: A new look at a perceptual hypothesis. Front. Psycholdoi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00972


People specializing in this area

Project Investigators
Name Phone Email Research Topic
Goswami, Usha
Staff Members
Name Phone Email Research Topic
Wilson, Anji
Current Students
Name Phone Email Research Topic
Richards, Susan
Alumni & Past CNE Members
Name Phone Email Research Topic
Cumming, Ruth