ERIC Number: ED428541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Contributions maternelles et paternelles au developpement des representations symboliques et categorielles des objets par les jeunes enfants (Materal and Paternal Contributions to the Development of Symbolic and Categorical Representation of Objects by Young Children).
Travaux Neuchatelois de Linguistique (Tranel), n29 p81-91 Dec 1998
Theory and research on parent-child linguistic interactions that focus on the symbolic representation or categorization of objects are discussed, noting the role of such variables as the age of the children, linguistic context, and sex of the involved parent. During the second year of life, even if maternal and paternal games with toddlers are mostly similar, some differences emerge: fathers present stimulations such as non-conventional games that destabilize children's knowledge. Between 2 and 3 years, in more linguistic contexts, mothers' utterances are more responsive to the children's level of abstraction than are fathers'. Between 3 and 4 years, mothers still adapt their discourse more to the children's language than do the fathers, by using object categories known to the children. Parental object descriptions are also very different, with fathers pointing out physical features while mothers talk more about encyclopedic aspects such as functions and general properties. Contains 21 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Child Language, Classification, Cognitive Development, Comparative Analysis, Discourse Analysis, Fathers, Language Acquisition, Language Research, Linguistic Theory, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Influence, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Language, etayage et interactions therapeutiques: Actes du 5eme colloque d'orthophonie/logopedie (Language, Scaffolding and Therepeutic Interactions: Proceedings of the 5th Colloquium on Speech Therapy and Speech Pathology) (Neuchatel, Switzerland, September 25-26, 1998); see FL 025 722.