ERIC Number: ED201212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Preschoolers Verbal and Non-Verbal Social Behaviour to Native and Non-Native Listeners.
Doyle, Anna-Beth; And Others
Fifteen English-speaking and fifteen French-speaking preschool children were each videotaped during two play sessions, one with a native and one with a non-native peer. Length of verbal utterances toward the non-native listener was significantly lower than toward the native listener, supporting the notion that native speakers adapt the amount of verbal behavior to their listeners. The adapatation was quantitative rather than qualitative, possibly because the non-native listeners were somewhat fluent in the school language, or perhaps because the speech in question was play speech to begin with. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development (5th, Boston, MA, October 1980).