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Tamasi, Katalin; McKean, Christina; Gafos, Adamantios; Hohle, Barbara – Journal of Child Language, 2019
In a preferential looking paradigm, we studied how children's looking behavior and pupillary response were modulated by the degree of phonological mismatch between the correct label of a target referent and its manipulated form. We manipulated degree of mismatch by introducing one or more featural changes to the target label. Both looking behavior…
Descriptors: Phonology, Child Language, Preferences, Child Behavior
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Tang, Ping; Yuen, Ivan; Xu Rattanasone, Nan; Gao, Liqun; Demuth, Katherine – Journal of Child Language, 2019
Weak syllables in Germanic and Romance languages have been reported to be challenging for young children, with syllable omission and/or incomplete reduction persisting till age five. In Mandarin Chinese, neutral tone (T0) involves a weak syllable with varied pitch realizations across (preceding) tonal contexts and short duration. The present study…
Descriptors: Syllables, Mandarin Chinese, Tone Languages, Intonation
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Delcenserie, A.; Genesee, F.; Trudeau, N.; Champoux, F. – Journal of Child Language, 2019
A battery of standardized language tests and control measures was administered to three groups of at-risk language learners -- internationally adopted children, deaf children with cochlear implants, and children with specific language impairment -- and to groups of second-language learners and typically developing monolingual children. All…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Language Tests, At Risk Students, Adoption
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Lindgren, Josefin – Journal of Child Language, 2018
This study investigates effects of age on character introductions in the oral narratives of seventy-two monolingual Swedish-speaking four- to six-year-olds, comparing results from the Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives (MAIN; Gagarina "et al.," 2012, 2015), and the Edmonton Narrative Norms Instrument (ENNI; Schneider…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Swedish, Oral Language, Monolingualism
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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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Paavola-Ruotsalainen, Leila; Lehtosaari, Jaana; Palomäki, Josefina; Tervo, Immi – Journal of Child Language, 2018
Maternal responsive and directive speech to children at ages 0;10 and 2;0 was investigated by applying a procedure frst introduced by Flynn and Masur (2007) to a new language community (Finnish). The issues examined were consistency and stability over time, and also the role of responsiveness and directiveness in child linguistic development at…
Descriptors: Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Infants, Prediction
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Reese, Elaine; Keegan, Peter; McNaughton, Stuart; Kingi, Te Kani; Carr, Polly Atatoa; Schmidt, Johanna; Mohal, Jatender; Grant, Cameron; Morton, Susan – Journal of Child Language, 2018
This study assessed the status of te reo Maori, the indigenous language of New Zealand, in the context of New Zealand English. From a broadly representative sample of 6327 two-year-olds ("Growing Up in New Zealand"), 6090 mothers (96%) reported their children understood English, and 763 mothers (12%) reported their children understood…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Malayo Polynesian Languages, Pacific Islanders, Indigenous Populations
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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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Lohndorf, Regina T.; Vermeer, Harriet J.; Cárcamo, Rodrigo A.; Mesman, Judi – Journal of Child Language, 2018
Preschoolers' vocabulary acquisition sets the stage for later reading ability and school achievement. This study examined the role of socioeconomic status (SES) and the quality of the home environment of seventy-seven Chilean majority and Mapuche minority families from low and lower-middle-class backgrounds in explaining individual differences in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Vocabulary Development, Socioeconomic Status
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Colletta, Jean-Marc; Pellenq, Catherine; Hadian-Cefidekhanie, Ali; Rousset, Isabelle – Journal of Child Language, 2018
This paper reports on an original study designed to investigate age-related change in the way French children produce speech during oral narrative, considering both prosodic parameters -- speaking rate and duration of the prosodic speech unit -- and linguistic structure. Eighty-five French children aged four to eleven years were asked to tell a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Children, Articulation (Speech), Phonics
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Álvarez-Cañizo, Marta; Suárez-Coalla, Paz; Cuetos, Fernando – Journal of Child Language, 2018
Several studies have found that, after repeated exposure to new words, children form orthographic representations that allow them to read those words faster and more fluently. However, these studies did not take into account variables related to the words. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of sublexical variables on the…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Spanish, Graphemes, Syllables
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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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Uzundag, Berna A.; Tasçi, Süleyman S.; Küntay, Aylin C.; Aksu-Koç, Ayhan – Journal of Child Language, 2018
In languages with evidential marking, utterances consist of an informational content and a specification of the mode of access to that information. In this first longitudinal study investigating the acquisition of the Turkish evidential marker "-mIs" in naturalistic child-caregiver interactions, we examined six children between 8 and 36…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Interaction, Caregiver Child Relationship, Infants
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Weber, Ann M.; Marchman, Virginia A.; Diop, Yatma; Fernald, Anne – Journal of Child Language, 2018
Valid indigenous language assessments are needed to further our understanding of how children learn language around the world. We assessed the psychometric properties and performance of two caregiver-report measures of Wolof language skill (language milestones achieved and vocabulary knowledge) for 500 children (ages 0;4 to 2;6) living in rural…
Descriptors: Validity, Caregivers, Child Language, Language Skills
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