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ERIC Number: EJ947181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 39
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0169-0965
Is Danish Difficult to Acquire? Evidence from Nordic Past-Tense Studies
Bleses, Dorthe; Basboll, Hans; Vach, Werner
Language and Cognitive Processes, v26 n8 p1193-1231 2011
Cross-linguistic findings have shown that Danish children's early receptive vocabulary development is slower relative to children learning other languages. In this study, we examined whether Danish children's acquisition of inflectional past-tense morphology is delayed relative to Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish children. Our comparison of data from experimental studies of 4-, 6-, and 8-year-old children's past-tense acquisition revealed that Danish children scored lowest across all measures of past tense. Analyses of the morphological and phonetic characteristics of these languages suggest that phonetic differences in strength and salience of cues relevant for the identification and segmentation of suffixes may account for cross-linguistic differences. The results support the hypothesis that the phonetic structure of Danish may delay these children's language development relative to other languages. (Contains 7 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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