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Babatsouli, Elena; Nicoladis, Elena – Journal of Child Language, 2019
Previous research in child language shows that many aspects of language acquisition are frequency-linked. This study tests whether input or usage frequency predicts the order of acquisition and accuracy of a bilingual Greek-English child's English possessives. The child was followed longitudinally from age 2;6 to 3;11. Order of acquisition was…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Greek, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Contemori, Carla; Carlson, Matthew; Marinis, Theodoros – Journal of Child Language, 2018
Previous research has shown that children demonstrate similar sentence processing reflexes to those observed in adults, but they have difficulties revising an erroneous initial interpretation when they process garden-path sentences, passives, and "wh"-questions. We used the visual-world paradigm to examine children's use of syntactic and…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Syntax, Ambiguity (Semantics), Eye Movements
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Hall, Jessica; Owen Van Horne, Amanda; Farmer, Thomas – Journal of Child Language, 2018
The goal of this study was to determine if typically developing children could form grammatical categories from distributional information alone. Twenty-seven children aged six to nine listened to an artifcial grammar which contained strategic gaps in its distribution. At test, we compared how children rated novel sentences that ft the grammar to…
Descriptors: Grammar, Classification, Children, Comparative Analysis
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Noble, Claire H.; Cameron-Faulkner, Thea; Lieven, Elena – Journal of Child Language, 2018
The positive effects of shared book reading on vocabulary and reading development are well attested (e.g., Bus, van Ijzendoorn, & Pellegrini, 1995). However, the role of shared book reading in GRAMMATICAL DEVELOPMENT remains unclear. In this study, we conducted a construction-based analysis of caregivers' child-directed speech during shared…
Descriptors: Grammar, Language Acquisition, Reading Aloud to Others, Children
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Sundara, Megha – Journal of Child Language, 2018
Children pay more attention to the beginnings and ends of sentences rather than the middle. In natural speech, ends of sentences are prosodically and segmentally enhanced; they are also privileged by sensory and recall advantages. We contrasted whether acoustic enhancement or sensory and recall-related advantages are necessary and sufficient for…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Grammar, Morphemes, Sentences
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Hervé, Coralie; Serratrice, Ludovica – Journal of Child Language, 2018
This paper reports the preliminary results of a study examining the role of structural overlap, language exposure, and language use on cross-linguistic influence (CLI) in bilingual first language acquisition. We focus on the longitudinal development of determiners in a corpus of two French-English children between the ages of 2;4 and 3;7. The…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Native Language, English, Language Acquisition
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Chin, Iris; Goodwin, Matthew S.; Vosoughi, Soroush; Roy, Deb; Naigles, Letitia R. – Journal of Child Language, 2018
Studies investigating the development of tense/aspect in children with developmental disorders have focused on production frequency and/or relied on short spontaneous speech samples. How children with developmental disorders use future forms/constructions is also unknown. The current study expands this literature by examining frequency,…
Descriptors: Child Development, Morphemes, Language Acquisition, Language Usage
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Mitrofanova, Natalia; Westergaard, Marit – Journal of Child Language, 2018
This paper focuses on the acquisition of locative prepositional phrases in L1 Norwegian. We report on two production experiments with children acquiring Norwegian as their first language and compare the results to similar experiments conducted with Russian children. The results of the experiments show that Norwegian children at age 2 regularly…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Norwegian, Grammar, Form Classes (Languages)
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Choe, Jinsun; O'Grady, William – Journal of Child Language, 2017
This paper investigates English-speaking children's acquisition of raising constructions (e.g. "John seems to Mary to be happy") and fnds an asymmetric effect of NP type on their comprehension: an improvement in performance is observed when a lexical NP is raised across a pronominal experiencer (e.g. "John seems to her to be…
Descriptors: Child Language, Language Acquisition, Grammar, English
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Conwell, Erin – Journal of Child Language, 2017
One strategy that children might use to sort words into grammatical categories such as noun and verb is distributional bootstrapping, in which local co-occurrence information is used to distinguish between categories. Words that can be used in more than one grammatical category could be problematic for this approach. Using naturalistic corpus…
Descriptors: Nouns, Verbs, Suprasegmentals, Grammar
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Marjanovic-Umek, Ljubica; Fekonja-Peklaj, Urška; Socan, Gregor – Journal of Child Language, 2017
The aim of this longitudinal study, carried out on a sample of Slovenian-speaking toddlers, was to analyze developmental changes and stability in early vocabulary development; to establish relations between toddler's vocabulary and grammar; and to analyze the effects of parental education and the frequency of shared reading on toddlers' vocabulary…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Vocabulary Development, Toddlers, Grammar
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Ambridge, Ben; Pine, Julian M. – Journal of Child Language, 2017
Four- and five-year-old children took part in an elicited familiar and novel Lithuanian noun production task to test predictions of input-based accounts of the acquisition of inflectional morphology. Two major findings emerged. First, as predicted by input-based accounts, correct production rates were correlated with the input frequency of the…
Descriptors: Word Frequency, Phonological Awareness, Nouns, Morphology (Languages)
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Vogt, Susanne; Kauschke, Christina – Journal of Child Language, 2017
Research has shown that observing iconic gestures helps typically developing children (TD) and children with specific language impairment (SLI) learn new words. So far, studies mostly compared word learning with and without gestures. The present study investigated word learning under two gesture conditions in children with and without language…
Descriptors: Nonverbal Communication, Child Language, Language Impairments, Language Acquisition
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Frizelle, Pauline; O'Neill, Clodagh; Bishop, Dorothy V. M. – Journal of Child Language, 2017
Although sentence repetition is considered a reliable measure of children's grammatical knowledge, few studies have directly compared children's sentence repetition performance with their understanding of grammatical structures. The current study aimed to compare children's performance on these two assessment measures, using a multiple-choice…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Language, Language Acquisition, Elementary School Students
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Szagun, Gisela; Schramm, Satyam A. – Journal of Child Language, 2016
The aim of the present study was to analyze the relative influence of age at implantation, parental expansions, and child language internal factors on grammatical progress in children with cochlear implants (CI). Data analyses used two longitudinal corpora of spontaneous speech samples, one with twenty-two and one with twenty-six children,…
Descriptors: Child Language, Assistive Technology, Age, Language Acquisition
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