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Ates, Beyza S.; Küntay, Aylin C. – Journal of Child Language, 2018
This paper examines the way children younger than two use non-verbal devices (i.e., deictic gestures and communicative functional acts) and pay attention to discourse status (i.e., prior mention vs. newness) of referents in interactions with caregivers. Data based on semi-naturalistic interactions with caregivers of four children, at ages 1;00,…
Descriptors: Turkish, Child Language, Language Acquisition, Nonverbal Communication
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Habib, Rania – Journal of Child Language, 2017
This study compares the use of the variable (q), which is realized as rural [q] and urban [?], in the speech of twenty-two parents and their twenty-one children from the village of Oyoun Al-Wadi in Syria. The study shows that children acquire the general gendered linguistic pattern of the community but do not replicate the linguistic frequencies…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Speech, Parents
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Laing, Catherine E.; Vihman, Marilyn; Keren-Portnoy, Tamar – Journal of Child Language, 2017
Onomatopoeia are frequently identified amongst infants' earliest words (Menn & Vihman, 2011), yet few authors have considered why this might be, and even fewer have explored this phenomenon empirically. Here we analyze mothers' production of onomatopoeia in infant-directed speech (IDS) to provide an input-based perspective on these forms.…
Descriptors: Linguistic Input, Language Acquisition, Infants, Intonation
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De Clerck, Ilke; Pettinato, Michele; Verhoeven, Jo; Gillis, Steven – Journal of Child Language, 2017
This study investigated the relation between lexical development and the production of prosodic prominence in disyllabic babble and words. Monthly recordings from nine typically developing Belgian-Dutch-speaking infants were analyzed from the onset of babbling until a cumulative vocabulary of 200 words was reached. The differentiation between the…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Language Acquisition, Child Language, Vocabulary Development
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Family, Neiloufar; Allen, Shanley E. M. – Journal of Child Language, 2015
The acquisition of systematic patterns and exceptions in different languages can be readily examined using the causative construction. Persian allows four types of causative structures, including one productive multiword structure (i.e. the light verb construction). In this study, we examine the development of all four structures in Persian child…
Descriptors: Child Language, Language Acquisition, Indo European Languages, Form Classes (Languages)
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Hills, Thomas – Journal of Child Language, 2013
Does child-directed language differ from adult-directed language in ways that might facilitate word learning? Associative structure (the probability that a word appears with its free associates), contextual diversity, word repetitions and frequency were compared longitudinally across six language corpora, with four corpora of language directed at…
Descriptors: Child Language, Computational Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Word Frequency
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Schmerse, Daniel; Lieven, Elena; Tomasello, Michael – Journal of Child Language, 2013
In this article we report two studies: a detailed longitudinal analysis of errors in "wh"-questions from six German-learning children (age 2 ; 0-3 ; 0) and an analysis of the prosodic characteristics of "wh"-questions in German child-directed speech. The results of the first study demonstrate that German-learning children…
Descriptors: Error Patterns, Young Children, German, Language Acquisition
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Vasilyeva, Marina; Waterfall, Heidi – Journal of Child Language, 2012
Priming methodology was previously used to investigate children's ability to represent abstract syntactic forms. Existing evidence indicates that following exposure to a particular syntactic structure (such as the passive voice), English-speaking children increase their production of that structure with new lexical items. In the present work, we…
Descriptors: Priming, Language Patterns, Sentence Structure, Speech Communication
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Cameron-Faulkner, Thea – Journal of Child Language, 2012
The present study investigates flexibility of verb use in the early stages of English multiword development, and its relationship with patterns attested in the input. The data is taken from a case study of a monolingual English-speaking boy aged 2; 5-2; 9 and his mother while engaged in daily activities in the home. Data were coded according to…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Vocabulary Development, Verbs, Language Usage
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O'Shannessy, Carmel – Journal of Child Language, 2011
The study examines strategies multilingual children use to interpret grammatical relations, focusing on their two primary languages, Lajamanu Warlpiri and Light Warlpiri. Both languages use mixed systems for indicating grammatical relations. In both languages ergative-absolutive case-marking indicates core arguments, but to different extents in…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Sentences, Language Research, Form Classes (Languages)
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McDaniel, Dana; McKee, Cecile; Garrett, Merrill F. – Journal of Child Language, 2010
This paper argues for broader consideration of children's language production systems and, in that context, describes research on children's planning of syntactic structures. The research presented here measures non-fluency patterns in elicited utterances of varied syntactic type. We describe and interpret several regularities in these patterns…
Descriptors: Syntax, Child Language, Language Processing, Language Patterns
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Lee, Sue Ann S.; Davis, Barbara; MacNeilage, Peter – Journal of Child Language, 2010
The phonetic characteristics of canonical babbling produced by Korean- and English-learning infants were compared with consonant and vowel frequencies observed in infant-directed speech produced by Korean- and English-speaking mothers. For infant output, babbling samples from six Korean-learning infants were compared with an existing English…
Descriptors: Language Patterns, Vowels, Infants, Language Acquisition
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Chen, Li-Mei; Kent, Raymond D. – Journal of Child Language, 2010
The early development of vocalic and consonantal production in Mandarin-learning infants was studied at the transition from babbling to producing first words. Spontaneous vocalizations were recorded for 24 infants grouped by age: G1 (0 ; 7 to 1 ; 0) and G2 (1 ; 1 to 1 ; 6). Additionally, the infant-directed speech of 24 caregivers was recorded…
Descriptors: Vowels, Caregiver Child Relationship, Infants, Mandarin Chinese
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Lee, Sue Ann S.; Davis, Barbara L. – Journal of Child Language, 2010
This study compared segmental distribution patterns for consonants and vowels in English infant-directed speech (IDS) and adult-directed speech (ADS). A previous study of Korean indicated that segmental patterns of IDS differed from ADS patterns (Lee, Davis & MacNeilage, 2008). The aim of the current study was to determine whether such differences…
Descriptors: Vowels, Infants, Phonemes, English
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Wong, Anita M.-Y.; Chow, Dorcas C.-C.; McBride-Cheng, Catherine; Stokes, Stephanie F. – Journal of Child Language, 2010
To express object transfer, Cantonese-speakers use a "ditransitive" ([V-R-T] or [V-T-R] where V = Verb, T = Theme, R = Recipient), or a more complex prepositional/serial-verb (P/SV) construction. Clausal elements in Cantonese datives can be optional (resulting in "full" versus "non-full" forms) or appear in variant…
Descriptors: Verbs, Adults, Toddlers, Sino Tibetan Languages
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