Pause and utterance duration in child-directed speech in relation to child vocabulary size
2015 (English)In: Journal of Child Language, ISSN 0305-0009, E-ISSN 1469-7602, Vol. 42, no 5, 1158-1171 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study compares parental pause and utterance duration in conversations with Swedish speaking children at age 1;6 who have either a large, typical, or small expressive vocabulary, as measured by the Swedish version of the McArthur-Bates CDI. The adjustments that parents do when they speak to children are similar across all three vocabulary groups; they use longer utterances than when speaking to adults, and respond faster to children than they do to other adults. However, overall pause duration varies with the vocabulary size of the children, and as a result durational aspects of the language environment to which the children are exposed differ between groups. Parents of children in the large vocabulary size group respond faster to child utterances than do parents of children in the typical vocabulary size group, who in turn respond faster to child utterances than do parents of children in the small vocabulary size group.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 42, no 5, 1158-1171 p.
first language aqcuisition, parent-child interaction, vocabulary size, pause duration, utterance duration
barns språkutveckling, föräldra-barn-interaktion, ordförrådsstorlek, pauser, yttrandelängd
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject Phonetics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112375DOI: 10.1017/S0305000914000609ISI: 000358577400009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-112375DiVA: diva2:779138
FunderSwedish Research Council, 2008-5094Swedish Research Council, 2011-2263Swedish Research Council, 421-2007-6400