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This study explores the effects of discourse context on a child’s ability to generalize transitively trained novel verbs in an experimental setting and the ability to diversely use intransitive constructions in everyday talk. Two- and three-year-olds participated in novel verb training and play...
Research suggests children beginning school around age five years show similar long-term reading achievement as children who start later, at seven years. To shed light on this phenomenon, this article presents cross-sectional data examining the oral narrative, phonemic awareness and non-word...
Potential phonological contributions to the inconsistent use of regular noun plural –s were examined in two groups of children who were inconsistent in their use of plural –s: 26 children with specific language impairment and 26 younger, typically developing children with comparable mean...
This article reports on data obtained through the Quebec-French adaptation of the MacArthur–Bates Communicative Development Inventories – Words and Sentences (N = 826). Results from parent questionnaires show a steady increase in expressive vocabulary and the use of morphology and syntax with...
What are the evolutionary and developmental origins of linguistic creativity? Cross-species comparison of the clade consisting of bonobo, chimpanzee, and human suggests that creative word combinations arise from conversation. Analysis of conversational data shows that novel symbol combinations...
This study proposes a new methodology for determining the relationship between child-directed speech and child speech in early acquisition. It illustrates the use of this methodology in investigating the relationship between the morphological richness of child-directed speech and the speed of...
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