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Suskind, Dana L.; Leffel, Kristin R.; Graf, Eileen; Hernandez, Marc W.; Gunderson, Elizabeth A.; Sapolich, Shannon G.; Suskind, Elizabeth; Leininger, Lindsey; Goldin-Meadow, Susan; Levine, Susan C. – Journal of Child Language, 2016
We designed a parent-directed home-visiting intervention targeting socioeconomic status (SES) disparities in children's early language environments. A randomized controlled trial was used to evaluate whether the intervention improved parents' knowledge of child language development and increased the amount and diversity of parent talk.…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Low Income, Home Visits, Intervention
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Demir, Özlem Ece; Levine, Susan C.; Goldin-Meadow, Susan – Journal of Child Language, 2015
Speakers of all ages spontaneously gesture as they talk. These gestures predict children's milestones in vocabulary and sentence structure. We ask whether gesture serves a similar role in the development of narrative skill. Children were asked to retell a story conveyed in a wordless cartoon at age five and then again at six, seven, and eight.…
Descriptors: Nonverbal Communication, Speech Communication, Predictor Variables, Vocabulary Development
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Ozyurek, Asli; Furman, Reyhan; Goldin-Meadow, Susan – Journal of Child Language, 2015
Languages typically express semantic components of motion events such as manner (roll) and path (down) in separate lexical items. We explore how these combinatorial possibilities of language arise by focusing on (i) gestures produced by deaf children who lack access to input from a conventional language (homesign); (ii) gestures produced by…
Descriptors: Child Language, Nonverbal Communication, Semantics, Deafness
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Ozcaliskan, Seyda; Levine, Susan C.; Goldin-Meadow, Susan – Journal of Child Language, 2013
Children with pre/perinatal unilateral brain lesions (PL) show remarkable plasticity for language development. Is this plasticity characterized by the same developmental trajectory that characterizes typically developing (TD) children, with gesture leading the way into speech? We explored this question, comparing eleven children with PL -- matched…
Descriptors: Brain, Injuries, Prenatal Influences, Perinatal Influences
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Shneidman, Laura A.; Arroyo, Michelle E.; Levine, Susan C.; Goldin-Meadow, Susan – Journal of Child Language, 2013
The talk children hear from their primary caregivers predicts the size of their vocabularies. But children who spend time with multiple individuals also hear talk that others direct to them, as well as talk not directed to them at all. We investigated the effect of linguistic input on vocabulary acquisition in children who routinely spent time…
Descriptors: Linguistic Input, Vocabulary Development, Caregiver Child Relationship, Parent Child Relationship
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Ozcaliskan, Seyda; Goldin-Meadow, Susan – Journal of Child Language, 2005
The types of gesture+speech combinations children produce during the early stages of language development change over time. This change, in turn, predicts the onset of two-word speech and thus might reflect a cognitive transition that the child is undergoing. An alternative, however, is that the change merely reflects changes in the types of…
Descriptors: Nonverbal Communication, Caregivers, Language Acquisition, Parent Child Relationship
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Angiolillo, Carl J.; Goldin-Meadow, Susan – Journal of Child Language, 1982
Describes a study designed to test if, when children describe actions, they consider the role an entity plays in an action, independent of the animateness of the entity. Results indicate that young children have relational intentions which are independent of animateness. (EKN)
Descriptors: Child Language, Language Acquisition, Language Patterns, Language Processing
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Morford, Marolyn; Goldin-Meadow, Susan – Journal of Child Language, 1992
This study explores the role that gesture plays in the earliest stages of language learning. A description is provided of how one-word speakers use gesture in combination in combination with speech in their spontaneous communications and interpret gesture presented in combination with speech in an experimental situation. (JL)
Descriptors: Child Language, Communication (Thought Transfer), Language Acquisition, Language Research
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Goldin-Meadow, Susan; Mylander, Carolyn – Journal of Child Language, 1990
Spontaneous gestures of a deaf child unexposed to sign language were studied to determine whether regularities existing within gestures were akin to morphological structure. The child's gestures, handshape/motion combinations forming a matrix for communication, suggest that structural regularity at the intraword level is a resilient property of…
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Deafness, Language Acquisition, Manual Communication