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Van Goch, Merel M.; Verhoeven, Ludo; McQueen, James M. – Journal of Child Language, 2019
In lexical development, the specificity of phonological representations is important. The ability to build phonologically specific lexical representations predicts the number of words a child knows (vocabulary breadth), but it is not clear if it also fosters how well words are known (vocabulary depth). Sixty-six children were studied in…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Prediction, Kindergarten, Grade 1
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Köder, Franziska; Maier, Emar – Journal of Child Language, 2018
Children struggle with the interpretation of pronouns in direct speech ("Ann said, 'I get a cookie'"), but not in indirect speech ("Ann said that she gets a cookie") (Köder & Maier, 2016). Yet children's books consistently favor direct over indirect speech (Baker & Freebody, 1989). To reconcile these seemingly…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Personal Narratives, Indo European Languages, Foreign Countries
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Spenader, Jennifer – Journal of Child Language, 2018
Production studies show connective acquisition by age 3;0, but comprehension studies show errors until 9;0 or older. To further investigate this gap, two comprehension tasks were carried out with 78 Dutch children between the ages of 7;0 and 10;1, testing contrastive "maar" 'but' and causal "want" 'because' connectives for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indo European Languages, Contrastive Linguistics, Children
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Taliancich-Klinger, Casey L.; Bedore, Lisa M.; Pena, Elizabeth D. – Journal of Child Language, 2018
Preposition knowledge is important for academic success. The goal of this project was to examine how different variables such as English input and output, Spanish preposition score, mother education level, and age of English exposure (AoEE) may have played a role in children's preposition knowledge in English. 148 Spanish-English children between…
Descriptors: Accuracy, Repetition, Task Analysis, Spanish
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Bergstra, Myrthe; De Mulder, Hannah N. M.; Coopmans, Peter – Journal of Child Language, 2018
This study investigated how speaker certainty (a rational cue) and speaker benevolence (an emotional cue) influence children's willingness to learn words in a selective learning paradigm. In two experiments four- to six-year-olds learnt novel labels from two speakers and, after a week, their memory for these labels was reassessed. Results…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Children, Language Acquisition, Speech
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Drijbooms, Elise; Groen, Margriet A.; Verhoeven, Ludo – Journal of Child Language, 2017
This study investigated the development of evaluation in narratives from middle to late childhood, within the context of differentiating between spoken and written modalities. Two parallel forms of a picture story were used to elicit spoken and written narratives from fourth- and sixth-graders. It was expected that, in addition to an increase of…
Descriptors: Children, Speech Communication, Written Language, Grade 4
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Nicolas, Ramona Kunene; Guidetti, Michele; Colletta, Jean-Marc – Journal of Child Language, 2017
The present study reports on a developmental and cross-linguistic study of oral narratives produced by speakers of Zulu (a Bantu language) and French (a Romance language). Specifically, we focus on oral narrative performance as a bimodal (i.e., linguistic and gestural) behaviour during the late language acquisition phase. We analyzed seventy-two…
Descriptors: African Languages, French, Nonverbal Communication, Speech
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Knoepke, Julia; Richter, Tobias; Isberner, Maj-Britt; Naumann, Johannes; Neeb, Yvonne; Weinert, Sabine – Journal of Child Language, 2017
Establishing local coherence relations is central to text comprehension. Positive-causal coherence relations link a cause and its consequence, whereas negative-causal coherence relations add a contrastive meaning (negation) to the causal link. According to the cumulative cognitive complexity approach, negative-causal coherence relations are…
Descriptors: Language Processing, Accuracy, German, Elementary School Students
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Karlsen, Jannicke; Lyster, Solveig-Alma Halaas; Lervåg, Arne – Journal of Child Language, 2017
This study examined the vocabulary development of Norwegian second language (L2) learners with Urdu/Punjabi as their first language (L1) at two time-points from kindergarten to primary school, and compared it to the vocabulary development of monolingual Norwegian children. Using path models, the associations between number of picture books in the…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Norwegian, Second Language Learning, Native Language
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Álvarez, Carlos J.; Garcia-Saavedra, Guacimara; Luque, Juan L.; Taft, Marcus – Journal of Child Language, 2017
Some inconsistency is observed in the results from studies of reading development regarding the role of the syllable in visual word recognition, perhaps due to a disparity between the tasks used. We adopted a word-spotting paradigm, with Spanish children of second grade (mean age: 7 years) and sixth grade (mean age: 11 years). The children were…
Descriptors: Syllables, Word Recognition, Spanish, Role
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Frizelle, Pauline; O'Neill, Clodagh; Bishop, Dorothy V. M. – Journal of Child Language, 2017
Although sentence repetition is considered a reliable measure of children's grammatical knowledge, few studies have directly compared children's sentence repetition performance with their understanding of grammatical structures. The current study aimed to compare children's performance on these two assessment measures, using a multiple-choice…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Language, Language Acquisition, Elementary School Students
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Bedore, Lisa M.; Pena, Elizabeth D.; Griffin, Zenzi M.; Hixon, J. Gregory – Journal of Child Language, 2016
This study evaluates the effects of Age of Exposure to English (AoEE) and Current Input/Output on language performance in a cross-sectional sample of Spanish-English bilingual children. First- (N = 586) and third-graders (N = 298) who spanned a wide range of bilingual language experience participated. Parents and teachers provided information…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Grade 3, Language Acquisition
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Estis, Julie M.; Beverly, Brenda L. – Journal of Child Language, 2015
Fast mapping weaknesses in children with specific language impairment (SLI) may be explained by differences in disambiguation, mapping an unknown word to an unnamed object. The impact of language ability and linguistic stimulus on disambiguation was investigated. Sixteen children with SLI (8 preschool, 8 school-age) and sixteen typically…
Descriptors: Language Impairments, Child Language, Preschool Children, Elementary School Students
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Au, Terry Kit-fong; Chan, Winnie Wailan; Cheng, Liao; Siegel, Linda S.; Tso, Ricky Van Yip – Journal of Child Language, 2015
To fully acquire a language, especially its phonology, children need linguistic input from native speakers early on. When interaction with native speakers is not always possible--e.g. for children learning a second language that is not the societal language--audios are commonly used as an affordable substitute. But does such non-interactive input…
Descriptors: Linguistic Input, Audio Books, Second Language Learning, Grade 1
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De Rosnay, Marc; Fink, Elian; Begeer, Sander; Slaughter, Virginia; Peterson, Candida – Journal of Child Language, 2014
Links between young children's everyday use of mindful conversational skills and their success on laboratory tests of theory of mind understanding (ToM) were evaluated. Using published scales, teachers rated the conversational behavior and shyness of 129 children aged 60 to 101 months (M = 78·8 months) who were in their first years of primary…
Descriptors: Theory of Mind, Shyness, Language Skills, Personality
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