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Hilton, Matt; Westermann, Gert – Journal of Child Language, 2017
This study set out to examine whether shyness, an aversion to novelty and unfamiliar social situations, can affect the processes that underlie early word learning. Twenty-four-month-old children (n = 32 ) were presented with sets of one novel and two familiar objects, and it was found that shyer children were less likely to select a novel object…
Descriptors: Shyness, Toddlers, Retention (Psychology), Novelty (Stimulus Dimension)
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Cameron-Faulkner, Thea – Journal of Child Language, 2014
In the present study we investigate the production of gesture, intonation, and eye-gaze within the proto-imperative behaviour of one English child aged 1;0 to 1;7. The study is based on the qualitative and quantitative analysis of the three behaviours. The results indicate a shift from reaching gestures to points, and from rising terminal pitch…
Descriptors: Nonverbal Communication, Eye Movements, Intonation, Child Behavior
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Booth, Josephine; Vitkovitch, Melanie – Journal of Child Language, 2008
Two groups of children were given pictures of animals to name as quickly as they could. The groups comprised 40 nursery aged children (mean age 3 ; 11) and 40 Year 2 children (mean age 6 ; 9) attending primary school in London. The 30 animals were presented one by one, on cards, and any errors made by the children were noted. Consistent with a…
Descriptors: Animals, Preschool Children, Pictorial Stimuli, Foreign Countries
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Saxon, Matthew; Kulcsar, Bela; Marshall, Greer; Rupra, Mandeep – Journal of Child Language, 1998
Compared the effects of negative evidence versus positive input on the acquisition of irregular past-tense verb forms. Young children from two London nursery schools participated in a within-subjects design over five weeks. Results indicated that improvements in the grammaticality of child speech were considerably greater in cases where negative…
Descriptors: Child Language, Comparative Analysis, Error Correction, Foreign Countries
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Braisby, Nick; Dockrell, Julie – Journal of Child Language, 1999
To investigate the apparent delay in color naming by young children, this study compared natural-kind and color naming (and corresponding comprehension) by 48 young English children who completed testing four times over six weeks. Results indicated that, as opposed to the salience view, the apparent delay in color naming may be explained solely on…
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Language, Color, Comparative Analysis
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Nathan, Liz; Wells, Bill; Donlan, Chris – Journal of Child Language, 1998
Examined the effect of regional accent on children's processing of speech. Children ages 4 to 7 were tested on their ability to repeat and define single words presented in their own and another accent. Word comprehension was significantly reduced in the other accent. Younger children performed less successfully and showed different error patterns…
Descriptors: Child Language, Comprehension, Error Analysis (Language), Error Patterns