Myrna Gopnik

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Myrna Gopnik is a Professor Emerita of Linguistics at McGill University.[1] She is known for her research on the KE family, an English family with several members affected by specific language impairment.[2][3][4]

Dr. Gopnik is generally credited with an important early evaluation of the KE family, and with making this family known to the wider scientific community. Subsequent research by Anthony Monaco, Simon Fisher and colleagues at Oxford University identified a mutation in the FOXP2 gene as a cause of the KE family's disorder (see: A forkhead-domain gene is mutated in a severe speech and language disorder. Lai CS, Fisher SE, Hurst JA, Vargha-Khadem F, Monaco AP. Nature. 2001 vol. 413(6855):pp. 519–23.)

Gopnik's son Adam is a well-known novelist and writer for the New Yorker, her son Blake has a doctorate from University of Oxford and is an art critic, and her daughter Alison is a developmental psychology professor at UC-Berkeley.

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  1. ^ "McGill Staff Directory". Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  2. ^ Gopnik M (1990). "Feature blind grammar and dysphasia". Nature. 344 (6268): 715. doi:10.1038/344715a0. PMID 2330028.
  3. ^ Gopnik M (1990). "Genetic basis of grammar defect". Nature. 347 (6281): 26. doi:10.1038/347026a0. PMID 2395458.
  4. ^ Myrna G Crago MB (1991). "Familial aggregation of a developmental language disorder". Cognition. 39 (1): 1–50. doi:10.1016/0010-0277(91)90058-C. PMID 1934976.