ERIC Number: EJ685602
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Cross-Linguistic Analysis of Vocabulary in Young Children: Spanish, Dutch, French, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, and American English
Bornstein, Marc H.; Cote, Linda R.; Maital, Sharone; Painter, Kathleen; Park, Sung-Yun; Pascual, Liliana; Pecheux,Marie-Germaine; Ruel, Josette; Venuti, Paola; Vyt, Andre
Child Development, v75 n4 p1115-1139 Jul 2004
The composition of young children's vocabularies in 7 contrasting linguistic communities was investigated. Mothers of 269 twenty-month-olds in Argentina, Belgium, France, Israel, Italy, the Republic of Korea, and the United States completed comparable vocabulary checklists for their children. In each language and vocabulary size grouping (except for children just learning to talk), children's vocabularies contained relatively greater proportions of nouns than other word classes. Each word class was consistently positively correlated with every other class in each language and for children with smaller and larger vocabularies. Noun prevalence in the vocabularies of young children and the merits of several theories that may account for this pattern are discussed.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, North American English, Young Children, Nouns, Vocabulary Development, Language Acquisition, Cultural Differences, Form Classes (Languages)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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