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Xu Rattanasone, Nan; Yuen, Ivan; Holt, Rebecca; Demuth, Katherine – Journal of Child Language, 2022
Learning to use word versus phrase level prosody to identify compounds from lists is thought to be a protracted process, only acquired by 11 years (Vogel & Raimy, 2002). However, a recent study has shown that 5-year-olds can use prosodic cues other than stress for these two structures in production, at least for early-acquired noun-noun…
Descriptors: Phrase Structure, Intonation, Suprasegmentals, Cues
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Day, Trevor K. M.; Elison, Jed T. – Journal of Child Language, 2022
A critical question in the study of language development is to understand lexical and syntactic acquisition, which play different roles in speech to the extent it would be natural to surmise they are acquired differently. As measured through the comprehension and production of closed-class words, syntactic ability emerges at roughly the 400-word…
Descriptors: Syntax, Vocabulary Development, Factor Analysis, Classification
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De Cat, Cécile; Melia, Tara – Journal of Child Language, 2022
The Sentence Structure sub-test (SST) of the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals (CELF) aims to "measure the acquisition of grammatical (structural) rules at the sentence level". Although originally designed for clinical practice with monolingual children, components of the CELF, such as the SST, are often used to inform…
Descriptors: Sentence Structure, Language Tests, Reading Comprehension, Cognitive Processes
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West, Melina J.; Angwin, Anthony J.; Copland, David A.; Arnott, Wendy L.; Nelson, Nicole L. – Journal of Child Language, 2022
Emotion can influence various cognitive processes. Communication with children often involves exaggerated emotional expressions and emotive language. Children with autism spectrum disorder often show a reduced tendency to attend to emotional information. Typically developing children aged 7 to 9 years who varied in their level of autism-like…
Descriptors: Emotional Response, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Cues
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Nicolopoulou, Ageliki; Ilgaz, Hande; Shiro, Marta; Hsin, Lisa B. – Journal of Child Language, 2022
This study examined the development of evaluative language in preschoolers' oral fictional narratives using a storytelling/story-acting practice where children told stories to and for their friends. Evaluative language orients the audience to the teller's cognitive and emotional engagement with a story's events and characters, and we hypothesized…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Oral Language, Story Telling, Preschool Children
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Gendler-Shalev, Hila; Dromi, Esther – Journal of Child Language, 2022
This article presents data on lexical development of 881 Israeli Hebrew-speaking monolingual toddlers ages 1;0 to 2;0. A Web-based version of the Hebrew MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories (H-MB-CDI) was used for data collection. Growth curves for expressive vocabulary, receptive vocabulary, actions and gestures were…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Language Acquisition, Toddlers, Computer Assisted Testing
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Côté, Stephanie L.; Gonzalez-Barrero, Ana Maria; Byers-Heinlein, Krista – Journal of Child Language, 2022
Many children grow up hearing multiple languages, learning words in each. How does the number of languages being learned affect multilinguals' vocabulary development? In a pre-registered study, we compared productive vocabularies of bilingual (n = 170) and trilingual (n = 20) toddlers aged 17-33 months growing up in a bilingual community where…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Bilingualism, Toddlers, Vocabulary Development
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Espinosa Ochoa, Mary Rosa – Journal of Child Language, 2022
The Yucatec Maya language has a highly complex deictic system with interesting typological differences that in addition to demonstratives and locative adverbs also includes ostensive evidentials and modal adverbs. Given that deictic words are among the first that children produce, the aim of this study is to identify the early acquisition that…
Descriptors: Mayan Languages, Maya (People), Language Acquisition, Children
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Wilson, Alexander C.; Bishop, Dorothy V. M. – Journal of Child Language, 2022
It remains unclear whether pragmatic language skills and core language skills (grammar and vocabulary) are distinct language domains. The present work aimed to tease apart these domains using a novel online assessment battery administered to almost 400 children aged 7 to 13 years. Confirmatory factor analysis indicated that pragmatic and core…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Computer Assisted Testing, Factor Analysis, Grammar
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Zhu, Jingtao; Franck, Julie; Rizzi, Luigi; Gavarro, Anna – Journal of Child Language, 2022
We test the comprehension of transitive sentences in very young learners of Mandarin Chinese using a combination of the weird word order paradigm with the use of pseudo-verbs and the preferential looking paradigm, replicating the experiment of Franck et al. (2013) on French. Seventeen typically-developing Mandarin infants (mean age: 17.4 months)…
Descriptors: Infants, Grammar, Mandarin Chinese, Verbs
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Snape, Simon; Krott, Andrea – Journal of Child Language, 2022
Young children struggle more with mapping novel words onto relational referents (e.g., verbs) compared to non-relational referents (e.g., nouns). We present further evidence for this notion by investigating children's extensions of noun-noun compounds, which map onto combinations of non-relational referents, i.e., objects (e.g., "baby"…
Descriptors: Verbs, Nouns, Cognitive Mapping, Child Language
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Knowland, Victoria C. P.; Berens, Sam; Gaskell, M. Gareth; Walker, Sarah A.; Henderson, Lisa-Marie – Journal of Child Language, 2022
Children's vocabulary ability at school entry is highly variable and predictive of later language and literacy outcomes. Sleep is potentially useful in understanding and explaining that variability, with sleep patterns being predictive of global trajectories of language acquisition. Here, we looked to replicate and extend these findings. Data from…
Descriptors: Child Language, Vocabulary, Sleep, Predictor Variables
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Smith, Sara A.; Leon Guerrero, Sibylla; Surrain, Sarah; Luk, Gigi – Journal of Child Language, 2022
The current study explores variation in phonemic representation among Spanish--English dual language learners (DLLs, n = 60) who were dominant in English or in Spanish. Children were given a phonetic discrimination task with speech sounds that: 1) occur in English and Spanish, 2) are exclusive to English, and 3) are exclusive to Russian, during…
Descriptors: Phonetics, Auditory Discrimination, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Rajaram, Melissa – Journal of Child Language, 2022
Multisyllabic words constitute a large portion of children's vocabulary. However, the relationship between phonological neighborhood density and English multisyllabic word learning is poorly understood. We examine this link in three, four and six year old children using a corpus-based approach. While we were able to replicate the well-accepted…
Descriptors: Phonology, Language Acquisition, English, Computational Linguistics
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Booton, Sophie A.; Hodkiss, Alex; Mathers, Sandra; Murphy, Victoria A. – Journal of Child Language, 2022
Polysemy, or the property of words having multiple meanings, is a prevalent feature of vocabulary. In this study we validated a new measure of polysemy knowledge for children with English as an additional language (EAL) and a first language (EL1) and examined the relationship between polysemy knowledge and age, language status, and reading…
Descriptors: English, Native Language, English (Second Language), Age Differences
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