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ERIC Number: EJ1014860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0265-6590
Retention of Idioms Following One-Time Exposure
Reuterskiold, Christina; Van Lancker Sidtis, Diana
Child Language Teaching and Therapy, v29 n2 p219-231 Jun 2013
This study explored retention of idioms and novel (i.e. newly created or grammatically generated) expressions in English-speaking girls following exposure only once during a conversation. Our hypothesis was that idioms, because of their inherent holistic, nonliteral and social characteristics, are acquired differently and more rapidly than novel utterances. Two age groups of typically developing girls, 8-9 and 12-14-year-olds, were exposed to low-frequency idioms and matched novel expressions within a conversational context. Recognition and comprehension of target and nontarget idioms and novel expressions were compared following the exposure period. Ratings were obtained from participants and parents about idiom familiarity. Participants recognized significantly more target idioms than novel expressions following exposure and scored higher on comprehension of target idioms than nontarget idioms. Recognition scores did not differ significantly by age groups, but older children performed significantly better on comprehension of target idioms. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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