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Tamasi, Katalin; McKean, Christina; Gafos, Adamantios; Hohle, Barbara – Journal of Child Language, 2019
In a preferential looking paradigm, we studied how children's looking behavior and pupillary response were modulated by the degree of phonological mismatch between the correct label of a target referent and its manipulated form. We manipulated degree of mismatch by introducing one or more featural changes to the target label. Both looking behavior…
Descriptors: Phonology, Child Language, Preferences, Child Behavior
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Flores, Cristina; Santos, Ana Lúcia; Jesus, Alice; Marques, Rui – Journal of Child Language, 2017
The present study analyzes the effect of age and amount of input in the acquisition of European Portuguese as a heritage language. An elicited production task centred on mood choice in complement clauses was applied to a group of fifty bilingual children (six- to sixteen-year-olds) who are acquiring Portuguese as a minority language in a German…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Portuguese, Native Language, Language Acquisition
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Jessen, Anna; Fleischhauer, Elisabeth; Clahsen, Harald – Journal of Child Language, 2017
This study reports developmental changes in morphological encoding across late childhood. We examined event-related brain potentials (ERPs) during the silent production of regularly vs. irregularly inflected verb forms (viz. "-t" vs. "-n" participles of German) in groups of eight- to ten-year-olds, eleven- to…
Descriptors: Morphology (Languages), Verbs, Language Processing, Children
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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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Vogt, Susanne; Kauschke, Christina – Journal of Child Language, 2017
Research has shown that observing iconic gestures helps typically developing children (TD) and children with specific language impairment (SLI) learn new words. So far, studies mostly compared word learning with and without gestures. The present study investigated word learning under two gesture conditions in children with and without language…
Descriptors: Nonverbal Communication, Child Language, Language Impairments, Language Acquisition
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Zahner, Katharina; Schonhuber, Muna; Braun, Bettina – Journal of Child Language, 2016
We tested German nine-month-olds' reliance on pitch and metrical stress for segmentation. In a headturn-preference paradigm, infants were familiarized with trisyllabic words (weak-strong-weak (WSW) stress pattern) in sentence-contexts. The words were presented in one of three naturally occurring intonation conditions: one in which high pitch was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Infants, Child Language, German
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Flores, Cristina – Journal of Child Language, 2015
This paper is based upon a longitudinal study of L2 attrition in a bilingual child who grew up in an L2 migration background (Germany) and moved to the country of origin (Portugal) at the age of nine, experiencing a "dominance shift from the L2 to the L1." The study aims to analyze the effects of language loss in L2 German. Data…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, German, Bilingualism, Immigrants
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De Ruiter, Laura E. – Journal of Child Language, 2014
Recent research on adult German suggests that speakers use particular pitch accent types to signal the information status of discourse referents. This study investigates to what extent German five- and seven-year-olds have acquired this mapping. Semi-natural speech data was obtained from a picture-elicited narration task in which the information…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Children, Intonation, Discourse Modes
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Höhle, Barbara; Hörnig, Robin; Weskott, Thomas; Knauf, Selene; Krüger, Agnes – Journal of Child Language, 2014
Two experiments tested how faithfully German children aged 4;5 to 5;6 reproduce ditransitive sentences that are unmarked or marked with respect to word order and focus (Exp1) or definiteness (Exp2). Adopting an optimality theory (OT) approach, it is assumed that in the German adult grammar word order is ranked lower than focus and definiteness.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Children, Word Order, Sentences
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Liszkowski, Ulf; Carpenter, Malinda; Tomasello, Michael – Journal of Child Language, 2007
We investigated two main components of infant declarative pointing, reference and attitude, in two experiments with a total of 106 preverbal infants at 1;0. When an experimenter (E) responded to the declarative pointing of these infants by attending to an incorrect referent (with positive attitude), infants repeated pointing within trials to…
Descriptors: Infants, Nonverbal Communication, Attitudes, Responses
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Clahsen, Harald; Hadler, Meike; Weyerts, Helga – Journal of Child Language, 2004
This study examines the production of regular and irregular participle forms of German with high and low frequencies using a speeded production task. 40 children in two age groups (five- to seven-year olds, eleven- to twelve-year olds) and 35 adult native speakers of German listened to stem forms of verbs presented in a sentential context and were…
Descriptors: Children, Adults, Verbs, Morphology (Languages)
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Clark, Eve V.; And Others – Journal of Child Language, 1995
Examines how young children describe reversals of action that restore objects to a prior, less-constrained, state. In both English and German, children first rely on the verb "open"; they then use their knowledge of particle pairs. Reentry into a prior state is underlined by uses of "back" and "wieder" and the…
Descriptors: Child Language, English, Foreign Countries, Form Classes (Languages)
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Lleo, Conxita; Prinz, Michael – Journal of Child Language, 1996
Analyzes monolingual Spanish- and German-speaking children's production of target consonant clusters at early stages of acquisition from a phonological representational perspective. At the beginning stages, target clusters are reduced to a single consonantal position, due to lack of branching of the syllable constituents. At later stages, cluster…
Descriptors: Analysis of Variance, Bilingualism, Child Language, Cluster Analysis