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Ferguson, Brock; Waxman, Sandra – Journal of Child Language, 2017
Language exerts a powerful influence on our concepts. We review evidence documenting the developmental origins of a precocious link between language and object categories in very young infants. This collection of studies documents a cascading process in which early links between language and cognition provide the foundation for later, more precise…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Concept Formation, Classification, Infants
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Ambridge, Ben; Kidd, Evan; Rowland, Caroline F.; Theakston, Anna L. – Journal of Child Language, 2015
This review article presents evidence for the claim that frequency effects are pervasive in children's first language acquisition, and hence constitute a phenomenon that any successful account must explain. The article is organized around four key domains of research: children's acquisition of single words, inflectional morphology, simple…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Child Language, Morphology (Languages), Syntax
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Berg, Thomas – Journal of Child Language, 1992
Investigates an aspect of child phonology and consonant harmony, and inquires whether representational or processing deficits are responsible for its occurrence. (36 references) (GLR)
Descriptors: Articulation (Speech), Consonants, Diction, Language Processing
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Tomasello, Michael; Kruger, Ann Cale – Journal of Child Language, 1992
Examines verb learning in children in their second year of life learning verbs in various pragmatic contexts. Results are discussed in terms of the different learning processes involved in acquiring nouns and verbs and in terms of a social-pragmatic view of language acquisition. (34 references) (GLR)
Descriptors: Child Language, Comparative Analysis, Language Acquisition, Learning Processes
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Naigles, Letitia – Journal of Child Language, 1990
Provides an experimental validation of Landau and Gleitman's (1985) syntactic bootstrapping procedure on how children may use syntactic information to learn new verbs. The children's choice of the correct referent for a given verb versus a nonsense verb in two syntactic structures is explained. (37 references) (GLR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Language Processing, Language Research, Learning Theories
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Clark, Eve V. – Journal of Child Language, 1990
Reviews the properties and consequences of the Principle of Contrast. It is argued that this principle accounts for the acquisition of irregular forms in morphology and that it plays a crucial role in the acquisition of allomorphy. (62 references) (GLR)
Descriptors: Communication Research, Contrast, Definitions, Language Acquisition
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Peterson, Carole – Journal of Child Language, 1990
Examines narrative telling by children, and the transition in development from the capability of talking in the "here and now" to the capability of telling about the "there and then." Seemingly, very young children can produce narratives in an unscaffolded context to adults unfamiliar with these experiences. (23 references) (GLR)
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, Communication Research, Discourse Analysis, Language Research
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Locke, John L. – Journal of Child Language, 1988
Suggests that Goad & Ingram's (1987) argument in favor of a cognitive model of phonological development failed to recognize the uniqueness of each individual's neural and vocal structures, ignored documented variability in the phonetic patterns of prelexical infants, and inexplicably assumed that inter-child variability implied the operation of…
Descriptors: Child Language, Cognitive Development, Individual Differences, Language Acquisition
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Ornat, Susana Lopez – Journal of Child Language, 1988
Demonstrates the important need for language researchers to fill in the considerable theory data gap regarding the primary acquisition of Spanish by pointing out that theory development could be distorted if cross-linguistic comparisons of acquisition evidence draw on a faulty, incomplete data base. (CB)
Descriptors: Child Language, Information Needs, Language Acquisition, Language Processing
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Gathercole, Virginia C. – Journal of Child Language, 1989
Challenges the position of Clark (1988) that no two forms in a language can mean the same thing. An alternative is offered that draws on the drive towards the adult system, development of nonlinguistic concepts, acquisition of language in context, and use of a cooperative principle in conversational exchanges. (64 references) (Author/CB)
Descriptors: Child Language, Contrast, Linguistic Theory, Oral Language
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Genesee, Fred – Journal of Child Language, 1989
Re-examines research literature supporting the idea that infants and young children simultaneously learning two languages mix elements from the two languages. It is argued that, contrary to most extant interpretations, bilingual children develop differentiated language systems from the beginning and are able to use their developing languages in…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Child Language, Infants, Interlanguage
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Clark, Eve V. – Journal of Child Language, 1988
Considers children's understanding and use of contrast in language, including discussion of the role contrast plays in adult speech, the kinds of contrast commonly exemplified, and possible tests for sameness or difference of meaning. (CB)
Descriptors: Child Language, Children, Contrastive Linguistics, Language Patterns
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Goad, Heather; Ingram, David – Journal of Child Language, 1987
Research on child language acquisition should distinguish between different possible causes of variation and not just attribute variation to individual variation. An alternative analysis using a different methodology can show that children's patterns of acquisition are actually relatively similar. (Author/CB)
Descriptors: Child Language, Individual Differences, Language Acquisition, Language Processing
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Cutler, Anne; Swinney, David A. – Journal of Child Language, 1987
Studies analyzing children's response time to detect word targets revealed that six-year-olds and younger children generally did not show the response time advantage for accented target words which adult listeners show, providing support for the argument that the processing advantage for accented words reflects the semantic role of accent as an…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Child Language, Correlation, Deep Structure
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Matthei, Edward H. – Journal of Child Language, 1987
Two experiments indicating that children's linguistic generalizational biases change from a semantically-based system to a syntactical-structural system provide evidence for a semantic-relational bias in children's early grammars and support the notion that children's generalizational biases shift from a semantic-relational basis to a…
Descriptors: Child Language, Cognitive Processes, Deep Structure, Language Acquisition
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