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Fine lexical tuning in infant directed speech to typically developing children

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Do parents fine-tune the MLU of utterances with a particular word as the word is on the verge of appearing in the child's production? We analyzed a corpus of spontaneous interactions of 30 dyads. The children were in the initial stages of their lexical development, and the parents’ utterances containing the words the children eventually acquired were selected. The main finding is that the MLU of the parental utterances containing the target words gradually decreased up to the point of the children's first production of those words. This suggests that parents fine-tune their utterances to support the children's linguistic development.
Tijdschrift: Journal of Child Language
ISSN: 0305-0009
Volume: 48
Pagina's: 591 - 604
Jaar van publicatie:2020