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Hudson Kam, Carla L.; Matthewson, Lisa – Journal of Child Language, 2017
Studies on the relationship between bookreading and language development typically lack data about which books are actually read to children. This paper reports on an Internet survey designed to address this data gap. The resulting dataset (the Infant Bookreading Database or IBDb) includes responses from 1,107 caregivers of children aged 0-36…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Databases, Books, Childrens Literature
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Ravid, Dorit; Vered, Lizzy – Journal of Child Language, 2017
The current study examined the production of Hebrew verbal passives across adolescence as mediated by linguistic register and verb morphology. Participants aged eight to sixteen years and a group of adults were asked to change written active-voice sentences into corresponding passive-voice forms, divided by verb register (neutral and high),…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Verbs, Morphology (Languages), Adolescents
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Brosseau-Lapré, Françoise; Rvachew, Susan – Journal of Child Language, 2017
This study examined the psycholinguistic profiles of Quebec French-speaking children with developmental phonological disorders (DPD). The purpose was to determine whether the endophenotypes that have been identified in English-speaking children with DPD are similarly associated with speech impairment in French-speaking children. Seventy-two…
Descriptors: Developmental Disabilities, Phonology, Preschool Children, Psycholinguistics
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MacRoy-Higgins, Michelle; Montemarano, Elizabeth A. – Journal of Child Language, 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine attention allocation in toddlers who were late talkers and toddlers with typical language development while they were engaged in a word-learning task in order to determine if differences exist. Two-year-olds who were late talkers (11) and typically developing toddlers (11) were taught twelve novel…
Descriptors: Child Language, Toddlers, Attention, Delayed Speech
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Ninio, Anat – Journal of Child Language, 2016
The environmental context of verbs addressed by adults to young children is claimed to be uninformative regarding the verbs' meaning, yielding the Syntactic Bootstrapping Hypothesis that, for verb learning, full sentences are needed to demonstrate the semantic arguments of verbs. However, reanalysis of Gleitman's (1990) original data regarding…
Descriptors: Verbs, Language Acquisition, Pragmatics, Vocabulary Development
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Kanero, Junko; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick – Journal of Child Language, 2016
Languages differ greatly in how they express causal events. In languages like Japanese, the subjects of causative sentences, or "causers," are generally animate and intentional, whereas in other languages like English, causers range widely from animate beings to inanimate objects (e.g. Wolff, Jeon & Li, 2009). This paper explores…
Descriptors: English, Japanese, Preschool Children, Task Analysis
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Newman, Rochelle S.; Rowe, Meredith L.; Ratner, Nan Bernstein – Journal of Child Language, 2016
Both the input directed to the child, and the child's ability to process that input, are likely to impact the child's language acquisition. We explore how these factors inter-relate by tracking the relationships among: (a) lexical properties of maternal child-directed speech to prelinguistic (7-month-old) infants (N = 121); (b) these infants'…
Descriptors: Prediction, Toddlers, Vocabulary Development, Mothers
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Bird, Elizabeth Kay-Raining; Cleave, Patricia – Journal of Child Language, 2016
This study investigated how forty-six mothers modified their talk about familiar and unfamiliar nouns and verbs when interacting with their children with Down Syndrome (DS), language impairment (LI), or typical development (TD). Children (MLUs < 2·7) were group-matched on expressive vocabulary size. Mother-child dyads were recorded playing with…
Descriptors: Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Verbs, Language Usage
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Kim, Chae-Eun; O'Grady, William – Journal of Child Language, 2016
We report here on a series of elicited production experiments that investigate the production of indirect object and oblique relative clauses by monolingual child learners of English and Korean. Taken together, the results from the two languages point toward a pair of robust asymmetries: children manifest a preference for subject relative clauses…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Phrase Structure, Child Language, Form Classes (Languages)
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Saindon, Mathieu R.; Trehub, Sandra E.; Schellenberg, E. Glenn; van Lieshout, Pascal – Journal of Child Language, 2016
Young children are slow to master conventional intonation patterns in their "yes/no" questions, which may stem from imperfect understanding of the links between terminal pitch contours and pragmatic intentions. In Experiment 1, five to ten-year-old children and adults were required to judge utterances as questions or statements on the…
Descriptors: Intonation, Pragmatics, Language Acquisition, Intention
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Charest, Monique; Johnston, Judith R. – Journal of Child Language, 2016
We examined the effects of object attributes on children's descriptive patterns in a referential communication task. Thirty preschoolers described object pairs that were selected by the experimenter. The targets were defined by shared size or colour, and differed on the non-target dimension in half of the trials. The children also completed a…
Descriptors: Child Language, Language Acquisition, Task Analysis, Color
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Filipi, Anna – Journal of Child Language, 2016
Using the methods of conversation analysis, the opening sequences of a map task in the interactions of sixteen children aged seven to twelve were analyzed. The analytical concerns driving the study were who started, how they started, and how children dealt with differential access to information and the identification of phases within the opening.…
Descriptors: Child Language, Discourse Analysis, Interpersonal Communication, Young Children
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Özçaliskan, Seyda; Adamson, Lauren B.; Dimitrova, Nevena; Bailey, Jhonelle; Schmuck, Lauren – Journal of Child Language, 2016
Early spontaneous gesture, specifically deictic gesture, predicts subsequent vocabulary development in typically developing (TD) children. Here, we ask whether deictic gesture plays a similar role in predicting later vocabulary size in children with Down Syndrome (DS), who have been shown to have difficulties in speech production, but strengths in…
Descriptors: Child Language, Infants, Infant Behavior, Nonverbal Communication
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Noble, Claire; Iqbal, Faria; Lieven, Elena; Theakston, Anna – Journal of Child Language, 2016
In two studies we use a pointing task to explore developmentally the nature of the knowledge that underlies three- and four-year-old children's ability to assign meaning to the intransitive structure. The results suggest that early in development children are sensitive to a first-noun-as-causal-agent cue and animacy cues when interpreting…
Descriptors: Cues, Syntax, Language Acquisition, Task Analysis
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Moreno-Torres, Ignacio; Madrid-Canovas, Sonia; Blanco-Montanez, Gema – Journal of Child Language, 2016
This study explores the hypothesis that the existence of a short sensitive period for lower-level speech perception/articulation skills, and a long one for higher-level language skills, may partly explain the language outcomes of children with cochlear implants (CIs). The participants were fourteen children fitted with a CI before their second…
Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Speech Skills, Articulation (Speech), Children
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