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Floccia, Caroline; Nazzi, Thierry; Delle Luche, Claire; Poltrock, Silvana; Goslin, Jeremy – Journal of Child Language, 2014
Following the proposal that consonants are more involved than vowels in coding the lexicon (Nespor, Peña & Mehler, 2003), an early lexical consonant bias was found from age 1;2 in French but an equal sensitivity to consonants and vowels from 1;0 to 2;0 in English. As different tasks were used in French and English, we sought to clarify this…
Descriptors: Toddlers, English, Language Acquisition, Phonemes
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Adani, Flavia; Forgiarini, Matteo; Guasti, Maria Teresa; Van Der Lely, Heather K. J. – Journal of Child Language, 2014
This study investigates whether number dissimilarities on subject and object DPs facilitate the comprehension of subject- and object-extracted centre-embedded relative clauses in children with Grammatical Specific Language Impairment (G-SLI). We compared the performance of a group of English-speaking children with G-SLI (mean age: 12;11) with that…
Descriptors: Children, Language Impairments, Numbers, Comprehension
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Marshall, Chloe R.; Rowley, Katherine; Mason, Kathryn; Herman, Rosalind; Morgan, Gary – Journal of Child Language, 2013
We adapted the semantic fluency task into British Sign Language (BSL). In Study 1, we present data from twenty-two deaf signers aged four to fifteen. We show that the same "cognitive signatures" that characterize this task in spoken languages are also present in deaf children, for example, the semantic clustering of responses. In Study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sign Language, Deafness, Children
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Crutchley, Alison – Journal of Child Language, 2013
Children start producing ["necessary and sufficient"] conditionals relatively late. Past counterfactuals (PCFs), for example "If she had shut the cage, the rabbit wouldn't have escaped", are particularly problematic for children; despite evidence of comprehension in the preschool years, children aged eleven are still making…
Descriptors: Children, Foreign Countries, Language Processing, Computational Linguistics
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Duncan, Lynne G.; Cole, Pascale; Seymour, Philip H. K.; Magnan, Annie – Journal of Child Language, 2006
Phonological awareness is thought to become increasingly analytic during early childhood. This study examines whether the proposed developmental sequence (syllable[right arrow]onset-rime[right arrow]phoneme) varies according to the characteristics of a child's native language. Experiment 1 compares the phonological segmentation skills of English…
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Reading Skills, French, Reading Instruction
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Ambridge, Ben; Rowland, Caroline F.; Theakston, Anna L.; Tomasello, Michael – Journal of Child Language, 2006
This study investigated different accounts of children's acquisition of non-subject wh-questions. Questions using each of 4 wh-words ("what," "who," "how" and "why"), and 3 auxiliaries (BE, DO and CAN) in 3sg and 3pl form were elicited from 28 children aged 3;6-4;6. Rates of non-inversion error ("Who…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Acquisition, Error Analysis (Language), Child Language
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Nation, Kate; Snowling, Margaret J.; Clarke, Paula – Journal of Child Language, 2005
Three experiments investigated the ability of eight-year old children with poor language comprehension to produce past tense forms of verbs. Twenty children selected as poor comprehenders were compared to 20 age-matched control children. Although the poor comprehenders performed less well than controls on a range of tasks considered to tap…
Descriptors: English, Foreign Countries, Comprehension, Semantics
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Wells, Bill; Peppe, Sue; Goulandris, Nata – Journal of Child Language, 2004
Research undertaken to date suggests that important developments in the understanding and use of intonation may take place after the age of 5;0. The present study aims to provide a more comprehensive account of these developments. A specially designed battery of prosodic tasks was administered to four groups of thirty children, from London (U.K.),…
Descriptors: Intonation, Children, Adolescents, Foreign Countries
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Hamilton, Antonia; Plunkett, Kim; Schafer, Graham – Journal of Child Language, 2000
Communicative Development Inventories (CDIs) were collected from 669 British Children aged between 1 and 2 years. Comprehension and production scores in each age group were calculated. This provides norming data for the British infant population. Data from British infants is compared to data from American infants. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Foreign Countries, Infants, Language Tests