ERIC Number: EJ936727
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Publication Date: 2011-Sep
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Vocabulary Development in Greek Children: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison Using the Language Development Survey
Papaeliou, Christina F.; Rescorla, Leslie A.
Journal of Child Language, v38 n4 p861-887 Sep 2011
This study investigated vocabulary size and vocabulary composition in Greek children aged 1 ; 6 to 2 ; 11 using a Greek adaptation of Rescorla's Language Development Survey (LDS; Rescorla, 1989). Participants were 273 toddlers coming from monolingual Greek-speaking families. Greek LDS data were compared with US LDS data obtained from the instrument's normative sample (Achenbach & Rescorla, 2000). Vocabulary size increased markedly with age, but Greek toddlers appeared to get off to a slower start in early word learning than US children. The correlation between percentage word use scores in Greek and US samples was moderate in size, indicating considerable overlap but some differences. Common nouns were the largest category among the fifty most frequent words in both samples. Numbers of adjectives and verbs were comparable across languages, but people and closed-class words were more numerous in the Greek sample. Finally, Greek late talkers showed similar patterns of vocabulary composition to those observed in typically developing Greek children.
Descriptors: Nouns, Child Language, Toddlers, Monolingualism, Vocabulary Development, Language Acquisition, Greek, Measures (Individuals), Correlation, Scores, Form Classes (Languages), Verbs, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: Greece