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Ten English-speaking mother-child pairs were videotaped at 21, 24, 30 and 36 months of age in 25-minute free-play interactions to investigate mothers' use of proper names and their use of personal pronouns during the child's second and third years. The results revealed that mothers'...
The main aim of this study was to investigate whether a developmental sequence can be found in spontaneous use of language when the child intends to influence other people's behaviour. Eighty-eight children (4, 6 and 8 years old) and their relatives were observed in the toy department of a big...
This study analysed oral personal narratives of 20 middle-class Japanese preschoolers, half of them four years old and half five, and their mothers, using stanza analysis and high point analysis. The patterning in stanzas revealed that, compared to four-year- olds, five-year-olds have begun to...
The quantity and quality of vocalizations produced in the home and laboratory by 36 typically developing infants, aged 3-18 months, were compared. Conditioning procedures were employed in order to obtain typical infant vocalizations in the laboratory. Analyses indicated that vocalizations were...
Previous researchers have implied that young children understand the locative term next to (or beside) in a similar way to adults. Yet, the scant research into the term near to has indicated that children first use this locative in a very different way from adults. However, none of the previous...
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