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Hudson Kam, Carla L.; Matthewson, Lisa – Journal of Child Language, 2017
Studies on the relationship between bookreading and language development typically lack data about which books are actually read to children. This paper reports on an Internet survey designed to address this data gap. The resulting dataset (the Infant Bookreading Database or IBDb) includes responses from 1,107 caregivers of children aged 0-36…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Databases, Books, Childrens Literature
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Brosseau-Lapré, Françoise; Rvachew, Susan – Journal of Child Language, 2017
This study examined the psycholinguistic profiles of Quebec French-speaking children with developmental phonological disorders (DPD). The purpose was to determine whether the endophenotypes that have been identified in English-speaking children with DPD are similarly associated with speech impairment in French-speaking children. Seventy-two…
Descriptors: Developmental Disabilities, Phonology, Preschool Children, Psycholinguistics
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Melançon, Andréane; Shi, Rushen – Journal of Child Language, 2015
A fundamental question in language acquisition research is whether young children have abstract grammatical representations. We tested this question experimentally. French-learning 30-month-olds were first taught novel word-object pairs in the context of a gender-marked determiner (e.g., un[subscript MASC]ravole "a ravole"). Test trials…
Descriptors: Child Language, Young Children, Infants, Language Acquisition
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Sabbagh, Mark A.; Wdowiak, Sylwia D.; Ottaway, Jennifer M. – Journal of Child Language, 2003
Thirty-six three- to four-year-old children were tested to assess whether hearing a word-referent link from an ignorant speaker affected children's abilities to subsequently link the same word with an alternative referent offered by another speaker. In the principal experimental conditions, children first heard either an ignorant or a…
Descriptors: Young Children, Language Acquisition, Child Language, Language Processing
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Peterson, Carole; Jesso, Beulah; McCabe, Allyssa – Journal of Child Language, 1999
Investigated whether low-income mothers learned to interact with their preschoolers in ways that fostered narrative skills. Mothers of intervention children were encouraged to elicit questions, encourage longer narratives, and participate in narrative conversation. Assessment of children's pre- and post-intervention narrative and vocabulary skills…
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Language, Comparative Analysis, Disadvantaged Youth
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Genesee, Fred; And Others – Journal of Child Language, 1995
Examined language differentiation in bilingual toddlers prior to the emergence of functional categories. The children were observed with each parent separately and both together. Results indicate that while these children did code mix, they were able to differentiate between their two languages. There was some evidence that language dominance…
Descriptors: Audiotape Recordings, Bilingualism, Child Language, Code Switching (Language)
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Moore, Chris; And Others – Journal of Child Language, 1995
Examines the development of children's understanding of the difference between "want" and "need" in two different experiments. The first experiment required the children to respond verbally in choosing between the two concepts; the second required them to give an object to one of two characters who had made a request using…
Descriptors: Analysis of Variance, Child Language, Cognitive Development, Concept Formation