ERIC Number: EJ774355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Varieties of Speech to Young Children
Huttenlocher, Janellen; Vasilyeva, Marina; Waterfall, Heidi R.; Vevea, Jack L.; Hedges, Larry V.
Developmental Psychology, v43 n5 p1062-1083 Sep 2007
This article examines caregiver speech to young children. The authors obtained several measures of the speech used to children during early language development (14-30 months). For all measures, they found substantial variation across individuals and subgroups. Speech patterns vary with caregiver education, and the differences are maintained over time. While there are distinct levels of complexity for different caregivers, there is a common pattern of increase across age within the range that characterizes each educational group. Thus, caregiver speech exhibits both long-standing patterns of linguistic behavior and adjustment for the interlocutor. This information about the variability of speech by individual caregivers provides a framework for systematic study of the role of input in language acquisition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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