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ERIC Number: EJ1135454
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8333
Dynamic Adaptation in Child-Adult Language Interaction
van Dijk, Marijn; van Geert, Paul; Korecky-Kröll, Katharina; Maillochon, Isabelle; Laaha, Sabine; Dressler, Wolfgang U.; Bassano, Dominique
Language Learning, v63 n2 p243-270 Jun 2013
When speaking to young children, adults adapt their language to that of the child. In this article, we suggest that this child-directed speech (CDS) is the result of a transactional process of dynamic adaptation between the child and the adult. The study compares developmental trajectories of three children to those of the CDS of their caregivers. Furthermore, a mathematical-conceptual model is built that captures the essential dynamics of adaptation in a series of coupled equations. This model is sensitive to changes in the language development of the child. The results show evidence for a dynamic form of adaptation, although there are also clear individual differences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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