ERIC Number: EJ781122
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
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Redirective Labels and Early Vocabulary Development
Shimpi, Priya Mariana; Huttenlocher, Janellen
Journal of Child Language, v34 n4 p845-859 Nov 2007
Parents' object labels can be distinguished by whether the child is already attending to the object (follow-in) or not (lead-in). Lead-in labels have been found to be associated with low vocabulary. The current study examines whether the relation between lead-in labels and child vocabulary is influenced by whether the child's attention is redirected. Eighteen mother-infant dyads were videotaped at 1 ; 2, 1 ; 6 and 1 ; 10. Results indicate that parents' use of successful lead-in labels is positively correlated with children's vocabulary, whereas use of unsuccessful labels is negatively correlated. Finally, use of gesture is associated with the redirective success of lead-in labels.
Descriptors: Mothers, Vocabulary Development, Child Language, Attention, Interpersonal Communication, Visual Aids, Correlation, Nonverbal Communication
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Sponsor: McCormick Tribune Foundation, Chicago, IL.; National Institutes of Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.; National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
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