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Paquette-Smith, Melissa; Johnson, Elizabeth K. – Language Learning and Development, 2016
By their second birthday, children have begun using grammatical cues to decipher the meaning of newly encountered words. By 3¬†years of age, there is evidence that children are more reliant on grammatical than social cues to decipher verb meaning (Nappa, Wessel, McEldoon, Gleitman, & Trueswell, 2009). Here, we investigate children's reliance on…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Grammar, Cues, Nonverbal Communication
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van Heugten, Marieke; Krieger, Dena R.; Johnson, Elizabeth K. – Language Learning and Development, 2015
Efficient language use involves the capacity to flexibly adjust to varied pronunciations of words. Although children can contend with some accent variability before their second birthday, it is currently unclear when and how this ability reaches its mature state. In a series of five experiments, we examine the developmental trajectory of toddlers'…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Nonstandard Dialects, Vocabulary Development, Pronunciation