ERIC Number: ED338054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
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Distributional Analyses of Parent-Child Conversational Interaction.
Sokolov, Jeffrey L.
A distributional analysis of parent-child conversational interactions for three large longitudinal corpora is reported. First, the potential role of conversational interaction in language learning is examined, and it is argued that certain sources of conversational input provide children with excellent opportunities to advance their linguistic skills. These input sources are characterized according to a typology of interactions between parents and their children, which may be coded and analyzed automatically with a computer program that uses the data and tools of the Child Language Data Exchange System (CHILDES). The program compares pairs of utterances (source and response), encodes them, and tabulates a series of descriptive statistics. The corpora used in the study were from three children, with a combined total of 151,900 coded interactions representing a very large range of communicative interactions. Patterns of interaction for each child-parent dyad are examined as a function of child age. It is concluded that these patterns reveal close relationships between the measured conversational variables of parent and child. Some further analysis is offered. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Child Language Data Exchange System
Note: In: Papers and Reports on Child Language Development, Number Twenty-nine. California, Stanford University, 1990. p112-124.