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ERIC Number: ED445361
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug-16
Pages: 14
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Extended Discourse: Varying Opportunities for Young Children's Exposure to New Words.
Beals, Diane E.
Eighty-three preschoolers participated in toy play and mealtimes with their mothers. Different types of extended discourse were identified: fantasy world in toy play, and narrative and explanatory in mealtimes. Rare words (that preschoolers are not likely to know) were identified within extended discourse and within entire transcripts. The ratio of rare words per utterance found within extended discourse was similar to the ratio of rare words per utterance in the full transcript in toy play fantasy world talk and mealtime narratives. However, for mealtime explanatory talk, the rare word ratio was larger in extended discourse than in the full transcript, suggesting that different types of extended discourse offer variable opportunities for children to talk about words they may not know. Contains 35 references and 5 tables of data. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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