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Rowe, Lindsey; Jacobson, Rebecca; Saylor, Megan M. – Journal of Child Language, 2015
Monolingual children sometimes resist learning second labels for familiar objects. One explanation is that they are guided by word learning constraints that lead to the assumption that objects have only one name. It is less clear whether bilingual children observe this constraint. In the current study, we test the hypothesis that bilingual…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Monolingualism, Children, Comparative Analysis
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Yow, W. Quin – Journal of Child Language, 2015
Young children typically do not use order-of-mention to resolve ambiguous pronouns, but may do so if given additional cues, such as gestures. Additionally, this ability to utilize gestures may be enhanced in bilingual children, who may be more sensitive to such cues due to their unique language experience. We asked monolingual and bilingual…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Monolingualism, Bilingual Students, Adults
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Majorano, Marinella; Rainieri, Chiara; Corsano, Paola – Journal of Child Language, 2013
The present study focuses on the characteristics of parental child-directed communication and its relationship with child language development. For this purpose, thirty-six toddlers (18 males and 18 females) and their parents were observed in a laboratory during triadic free play at ages 1;3 and 1;9. The characteristics of the maternal and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Toddlers, Longitudinal Studies, Parents
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Pan, Barbara Alexander; Rowe, Meredith L.; Spier, Elizabeth; Tamis-Lemonda, Catherine – Journal of Child Language, 2004
This study examined parental report as a source of information about toddlers' productive vocabulary in 105 low-income families living in either urban or rural communities. Parental report using the MacArthur Communicative Development Inventory-Short Form (CDI) at child age 2;0 was compared to concurrent spontaneous speech measures and…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Correlation, Child Language, Language Acquisition
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Davidson, Denise – Journal of Child Language, 1997
Examined the use of the mutual exclusivity constraint in naming objects among young children monolingual in English or bilingual in English/Urdu or in English/Greek. The study used three tests of the constraint: disambiguation, rejection and restriction. Findings revealed that bilingual children used the constraint to a lesser extent than…
Descriptors: Ambiguity, Bilingualism, Child Language, English
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Beals, Diane E. – Journal of Child Language, 1997
Examines mealtimes of preschoolers' families to determine whether rare words are used in informative ways so that a child could learn their meanings. Each use was coded for whether it was informative or uninformative; each informative exchange was coded for type of strategy used to provide support. Frequency of use was positively correlated with…
Descriptors: Child Language, Coding, Family Environment, Knowledge Level