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ERIC Number: EJ793692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0165-0254
Correlates of Early Language Development in Chinese Children
Zhang, Yiwen; Jin, Xingming; Shen, Xiamong; Zhang, Jinming; Hoff, Erika
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v32 n2 p145-151 2008
Caregivers of 608 (331 boys and 277 girls) children in Shanghai, China reported on their children's language development and on the language teaching practices used in the home. The children were between 24 and 47 months old. The relation of age-corrected language level to paternal education, child gender, and teaching practice use was examined. Children of more educated fathers were more advanced in language development than children of less educated fathers. Girls were more advanced than boys. Some language teaching practices were positively related to language development but one, the practice of eliciting imitation from children, was negatively related to language development. Vocabulary development showed a greater number of significant relations to environmental variables than did grammatical development. These results suggest the cross-linguistic and cross-cultural generalizability of previous findings from studies of North American samples with respect to correlates of children's early language development. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China