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Berger, Frauke; Hohle, Barbara – Journal of Child Language, 2012
Children up to school age have been reported to perform poorly when interpreting sentences containing restrictive and additive focus particles by treating sentences with a focus particle in the same way as sentences without it. Careful comparisons between results of previous studies indicate that this phenomenon is less pronounced for restrictive…
Descriptors: Sentences, Young Children, Toddlers, German
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Edwards, Jan; Munson, Benjamin; Beckman, Mary E. – Journal of Child Language, 2011
We applaud Stoel-Gammon's (this issue) call for a more comprehensive account of the relationship between lexicon and phonology, and we strongly endorse her suggestions for future research. However, we think that it will not be enough simply to integrate findings and methods from the adult-centered and child-centered literatures. Both of these…
Descriptors: Phonology, Language Acquisition, Vocabulary Development, Child Language
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Vihman, Marilyn; Keren-Portnoy, Tamar – Journal of Child Language, 2011
Carol Stoel-Gammon has made a real contribution in bringing together two fields that are not generally jointly addressed. Like Stoel-Gammon, we have long focused on individual differences in phonological development (e.g. Vihman, Ferguson & Elbert, 1986; Vihman, Boysson-Bardies, Durand & Sundberg, 1994; Keren-Portnoy, Majorano & Vihman, 2008). And…
Descriptors: Phonology, Role, Individual Differences, Vocabulary Development
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Hoff, Erika; Parra, Marisol – Journal of Child Language, 2011
When Roger Brown selected Adam, Eve and Sarah to be the first three participants in the modern study of child language, one of the criteria was the intelligibility of their speech (Brown, 1973). According to the prevailing view at the time, accuracy of pronunciation was a peripheral phenomenon that had nothing to do with the development of…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Correlation, Articulation (Speech), Phonology
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Storkel, Holly L. – Journal of Child Language, 2011
Stoel-Gammon (this issue) states that "from birth to age 2 ; 6, the developing phonological system affects lexical acquisition to a greater degree than lexical factors affect phonological development" (this issue). This conclusion is based on a wealth of data; however, the available data are somewhat limited in scope, focusing on rather holistic…
Descriptors: Child Language, Vocabulary Development, Phonology, Young Children
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Zamuner, Tania S. – Journal of Child Language, 2011
Within the subfields of linguistics, traditional approaches tend to examine different phenomena in isolation. As Stoel-Gammon (this issue) correctly states, there is little interaction between the subfields. However, for a more comprehensive understanding of language acquisition in general and, more specifically, lexical and phonological…
Descriptors: Phonology, Semantics, Nouns, Syntax
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Demuth, Katherine – Journal of Child Language, 2011
Stoel-Gammon (this issue) provides a welcome addition to the phonological acquisition literature, bringing together insights from long-standing and more recent research to address the relationship between the developing phonological system and the developing lexicon. A growing literature on children's early use of words across languages and…
Descriptors: Language Research, Phonology, Vocabulary Development, Cross Cultural Studies
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Kehoe, Margaret – Journal of Child Language, 2011
Stoel-Gammon (this issue) highlights the close and symbiotic association that exists between the lexical and phonological domains in early linguistic development. Her comprehensive review considers two bodies of literature: (1) child-centred studies; and (2) studies based on adult psycholinguistic research. Within the child-centred studies, both…
Descriptors: Phonology, North American English, Language Acquisition, Bilingualism
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Velleman, Shelley L. – Journal of Child Language, 2011
Although not the focus of her article, phonological development in young children with speech sound disorders of various types is highly germane to Stoel-Gammon's discussion (this issue) for at least two primary reasons. Most obvious is that typical processes and milestones of phonological development are the standards and benchmarks against which…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Phonology, Young Children, Language Acquisition
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Bleses, Dorthe; Basboll, Hans; Lum, Jarrad; Vach, Werner – Journal of Child Language, 2011
In her interesting article, Stoel-Gammon (this issue) reviews studies concerning the interactions between lexical and phonological development. While the focus of the review is on vocabulary production from children acquiring American English, she also suggests that cross-linguistic research be undertaken to examine how universal and…
Descriptors: Language Research, Phonetics, Phonology, Vocabulary Skills
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Soderstrom, Melanie – Journal of Child Language, 2008
Two recent papers (de Villiers & Johnson, 2007; Johnson, de Villiers & Seymour, 2005) have claimed that children have difficulty with verbal "-s" until five- six-years-old. This contrasts with perceptual studies showing evidence for sensitivity to the grammatical properties of verbal "-s" as young as 1;4. These apparently conflicting findings can…
Descriptors: Semantics, Grammar, Child Language, Language Acquisition
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Pater, Joe; Barlow, Jessica A. – Journal of Child Language, 2003
Applies two fundamental principles of optimalist theory to yield predictions about cluster reduction patterns. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Child Language, Consonants, Language Patterns, Linguistic Theory
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Kidd, Evan – Journal of Child Language, 2003
Eisenberg (2002) presents data from an experiment investigating 3- and 4-year-old children's comprehension of restrictive relative clauses. From the results, she argues that children do not have discourse knowledge of the felicity conditions of relative clauses before acquiring the syntax of relativization. This article evaluates this conclusion…
Descriptors: Child Language, Language Acquisition, Phrase Structure, Preschool Children
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Cain, Kate; Oakhill, Jane V.; Elbro, Carsten – Journal of Child Language, 2003
Investigated young children's ability to use narrative contexts to infer the meanings of novel vocabulary terms. Two groups of 15 7-and 8-year-olds participated; children with normally developing reading comprehension skills and children with weak reading comprehension skill. Results are discussed. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Children, Context Effect, Inferences, Language Acquisition
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Hall, Geoffrey D.; Burns, Tracey C.; Pawluski, Jodi L. – Journal of Child Language, 2003
Twenty-four caregivers and their 2- to 4-year-old children took part in a storybook reading task in which caregivers taught children novel labels for familiar objects. Findings indicate parental speech could provide a rich source of information to children in learning how different lexical categories are expressed in their native language.…
Descriptors: Child Language, Language Acquisition, Linguistic Input, Parent Child Relationship
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