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Ramachers, Stefanie; Brouwer, Susanne; Fikkert, Paula – Journal of Child Language, 2018
Despite the fact that many of the world's languages use lexical tone, the majority of language acquisition studies has focused on non-tone languages. Research on tone languages has typically investigated wellknown tone languages such as Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese. The current study looked at a Limburgian dialect of Dutch that uses lexical…
Descriptors: Infants, Contrastive Linguistics, Intonation, Suprasegmentals
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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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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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Köder, Franziska; Maier, Emar – Journal of Child Language, 2016
This study investigates children's acquisition of the distinction between direct speech (Elephant said, "I get the football") and indirect speech ("Elephant said that he gets the football"), by measuring children's interpretation of first, second, and third person pronouns. Based on evidence from various linguistic sources, we…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Language, Indo European Languages, Young Children
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De Mulder, Hannah – Journal of Child Language, 2015
This longitudinal study involving 101 Dutch four- and five-year-olds charts indirect request (IR) and mental state term (MST) understanding and investigates the role that Theory of Mind (ToM) and general linguistic ability (vocabulary, syntax, and spatial language) play in this development. The results showed basic understanding of IR and MST in…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Communicative Competence (Languages), Indo European Languages, Child Language
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Prevoo, Mariëlle J. L.; Malda, Maike; Mesman, Judi; Emmen, Rosanneke A. G.; Yeniad, Nihal; Van Ijzendoorn, Marinus; Linting, Mariëlle – Journal of Child Language, 2014
When bilingual children enter formal reading education, host language proficiency becomes increasingly important. This study investigated the relation between socioeconomic status (SES), maternal language use, reading input, and vocabulary in a sample of 111 six-year-old children of first- and second-generation Turkish immigrant parents in the…
Descriptors: Ethnic Groups, Minority Groups, Socioeconomic Status, Child Language
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Rispens, Judith E.; De Bree, Elise H. – Journal of Child Language, 2014
This study focuses on morphophonology and frequency in past tense production. It was assessed whether Dutch five- and seven-year-old typically developing (TD) children and eight-year-old children with specific language impairment (SLI) produce the correct allomorph in regular, irregular, and novel past tense formation. Type frequency of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indo European Languages, Morphemes, Language Impairments
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Spenader, Jennifer; Smits, Erik-Jan; Hendriks, Petra – Journal of Child Language, 2009
Many comprehension studies have shown that children as late as age 6 ; 6 misinterpret object pronouns as co-referring with the referential subject about half the time. A recent review of earlier experiments testing children's interpretation of object pronouns in sentences with quantified subjects (Elbourne, 2005) also suggests that there is a…
Descriptors: Sentences, Form Classes (Languages), Value Judgment, Indo European Languages
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Taelman, Helena; Gillis, Steven – Journal of Child Language, 2008
Fikkert (1994) analyzed a large corpus of Dutch children's early language production, and found that they often add targetless syllables to their words in order to create bisyllabic feet. In this note we point out a methodological problem with that analysis: in an important number of cases, epenthetic vowels occur at places where grammatical…
Descriptors: Morphemes, Grammar, Child Language, Databases
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Elbers, Loekie – Journal of Child Language, 1988
Applies a categorical framework for relating compounds and metaphors to a discussion of the aspects of children's development of preferred and metaphoric compounds. Results indicate that preferred compounds serve the function of being conceptually precise, while preferred metaphors serve "suggestive" functions. (Author/CB)
Descriptors: Child Language, Dutch, Foreign Countries, Language Acquisition
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Gillis, Steven; De Schutter, Georges – Journal of Child Language, 1996
Investigated whether children's syllabification of Dutch disyllabic words with a single intervocalic consonant adhered to the universal principles of syllable structure and whether these syllabifications witnessed an overruling of the universal phonological constraints by language-specific ones. Results indicate that universal principles explain…
Descriptors: Child Language, Consonants, Dutch, Elementary Education
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Van Hekken, Suus M. J.; Roelofsen, Wim – Journal of Child Language, 1982
Examines the changes that occur from ages 5 to 11 in question/answer sequences of Dutch children. Function, content, form of questions, and listener response are analyzed. (EKN)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Child Language, Children, Cognitive Development