Previous work has provided only very limited evidence that adult language variations influence the child's concurrent acquisition of syntax. In the present study, 22 sessions of verbal interaction significantly facilitated syntax acquisition by 32 to 40 month olds. In response to sentences of the child, Es in these sessions replied with recast sentences that maintained the same basic meaning but provided new syntactic information. Furthermore, a selective bias in these replies, toward use of new predicate information, was matched by selectively stronger facilitation in terms of verb measures.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental and Educational Psychology