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Keren-Portnoy, Tamar – Journal of Child Language, 2006
This paper presents a model of syntax acquisition, whose main points are as follows: Syntax is acquired in an item-based manner; early learning facilitates subsequent learning--as evidenced by the accelerating rate of new verbs entering a given structure; and mastery of syntactic knowledge is typically achieved through practice--as evidenced by…
Descriptors: Verbs, Foreign Countries, Word Order, Models
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Diesendruck, Gil; Shemer, Ginnat – Journal of Child Language, 2006
The study investigates a social-pragmatic expectation that may motivate children to search their environment when asked for the referent of a novel label. In one experimental phase, the experimenter presented 40 two-year-olds a bucket containing a novel object and another visible object--either familiar or novel. The experimenter either asked…
Descriptors: Expectation, Language Acquisition, Young Children, Vocabulary Development
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Levy, Yonata – Journal of Child Language, 2004
Williams syndrome (WS) is often cited as the prime example within developmental disorders of the dissociation of language from other cognitive skills, particularly from visuo-motor skills. This claim has been responsible for the challenges posed by this population to cognitive theories and to models of language acquisition. Two Hebrew-speaking…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Developmental Disabilities, Genetics, Language Acquisition
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Maital, Sharone L.; Dromi, Esther; Sagi, Abraham; Bornstein, Marc H. – Journal of Child Language, 2000
Discusses construction of the Hebrew Communicative Development Inventory (HCDI), an adaptation of the MacArthur Communicative Development Inventory (MCDI). The HCDI was administered to a stratified sample of Israeli mothers of 253 toddlers. Results are presented and compared with scores from the MCDI. Results indicate that conclusions concerning…
Descriptors: Child Language, Comparative Analysis, Contrastive Linguistics, English
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Ravid, Dorit; Avidor, Avraham – Journal of Child Language, 1998
Examined how Hebrew-speaking children acquired Hebrew-derived nominals (HDNs) of two types (action nominals and deverbal nouns). Child and adult native Hebrew speakers were tested on comprehension and production of HDNs. Acquisition of HDNs began at age 8 and was not complete by age 15. Task type, binyan patterns, and morphological regularity all…
Descriptors: Adults, Child Language, Children, Foreign Countries