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Vihman, Marilyn; Majoran, Marinella – Journal of Child Language, 2017
Infants learning languages with long consonants, or geminates, have been found to "overselect" and "overproduce" these consonants in early words and also to commonly omit the word-initial consonant. A production study with thirty Italian children recorded at 1;3 and 1;9 strongly confirmed both of these tendencies. To test the…
Descriptors: Infants, Language Skills, Foreign Countries, Hypothesis Testing
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Colombo, Lucia; Navarrete, Eduardo; Arfé, Barbara – Journal of Child Language, 2017
Noun and verb acquisition was investigated in three- and five-year-old Italian children by means of picture naming of objects and actions, selected from Druks and Masterson (2000). The aim was to examine the previously reported advantage of nouns compared to verbs. Older children were faster than younger children, and naming latencies were faster…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Acquisition, Young Children, Nouns
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Lavelli, Manuela; Barachetti, Chiara; Florit, Elena – Journal of Child Language, 2015
This study examined (a) the relationship between gesture and speech produced by children with specific language impairment (SLI) and typically developing (TD) children, and their mothers, during shared book-reading, and (b) the potential effectiveness of gestures accompanying maternal speech on the conversational responsiveness of children.…
Descriptors: Child Language, Preschool Children, Nonverbal Communication, Verbal Communication
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Majorano, Marinella; Rainieri, Chiara; Corsano, Paola – Journal of Child Language, 2013
The present study focuses on the characteristics of parental child-directed communication and its relationship with child language development. For this purpose, thirty-six toddlers (18 males and 18 females) and their parents were observed in a laboratory during triadic free play at ages 1;3 and 1;9. The characteristics of the maternal and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Toddlers, Longitudinal Studies, Parents
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Guarini, Annalisa; Sansavini, Alessandra; Fabbri, Cristina; Savini, Silvia; Alessandroni, Rosina; Faldella, Giacomo; Karmiloff-Smith, Annette – Journal of Child Language, 2010
The aims of this study were to investigate whether specific linguistic difficulties in preterm children persist at eight years and to examine the interrelationships between language and literacy in this population, compared with a control group of full-term children. Sixty-eight monolingual Italian preterms and 26 chronologically matched controls…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Reading Comprehension, Linguistics, Phonological Awareness
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Keren-Portnoy, Tamar; Majorano, Marinella; Vihman, Marilyn M. – Journal of Child Language, 2009
This study assesses the extent of phonetic continuity between babble and words in four Italian children followed longitudinally from 0;9 or 0;10 to 2;0--two with relatively rapid and two with slower lexical growth. Prelinguistic phonetic characteristics, including both (a) consistent use of specific consonants and (b) age of onset and extent of…
Descriptors: Phonetics, Italian, Child Language, Infants
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D'Odorico, Laura; Fasolo, Mirco – Journal of Child Language, 2007
The vocabulary development of 24 Italian children aged between 1;4 and 1;6 at the beginning of the study was longitudinally monitored on a monthly basis using the Italian version of the MacArthur Communicative Development Inventory drawn up by their mothers. This study analyzes data from children for whom two sampling stages were available; the…
Descriptors: Verbs, Nouns, Sampling, Vocabulary Development
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Sansavini, Alessandra; Guarini, Annalisa; Alessandroni, Rosina; Faldella, Giacomo; Giovanelli, Giuliana; Salvioli, Gianpaolo – Journal of Child Language, 2006
This study aimed to investigate early lexical and grammatical development and their relations in a sample of very immature healthy preterms, in order to assess whether their linguistic development was typical, at risk or atypical. The effects of biological factors and parental level of education on preterms' linguistic development were also…
Descriptors: Sentences, Grammar, Linguistics, Dictionaries
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Levorato, M. Chiara; Cacciari, Cristina – Journal of Child Language, 2002
According to a developmental model of figurative language acquisition--the "global elaboration model" (Levorato & Cacciari, 1995)--the metalinguistic awareness necessary to use figurative language in a creative way is acquired late, and is subsequent to the ability to comprehend and produce figurative expressions. One hundred and…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Psycholinguistics, Foreign Countries, Children
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Caselli, Cristina; Casadio, Paola; Bates, Elizabeth – Journal of Child Language, 1999
Examined cross-linguistic similarities and differences in early lexical and grammatical development among English- and Italian-speaking preschoolers. Parents completed surveys on vocabulary size, vocabulary composition, and grammatical complexity. No cross-linguistic differences surfaced in the composition of vocabulary in this age range. There…
Descriptors: Basic Vocabulary, Child Development, Child Language, Cultural Differences