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Early word-object associations and later language development


Bernhardt, BM and Kemp, NM and Werker, JF, Early word-object associations and later language development, First Language, 27, (4) pp. 315-328. ISSN 0142-7237 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/0142723707081652


Early language skills vary considerably across children, especially before the age of about two years. Thus, it can be difficult to distinguish between 'late bloomers' and children who show a language delay or impairment. Here we present the results of a longitudinal study wherein toddlers' performance on a looking-time-based 'Switch' task of word-object association (Stager & Werker, 1997) was related to the children's later language skills. Word-object association performance at 17 or 20 months was significantly related to scores on some standardized tests of language comprehension and production up to two and a half years later. The implications of these results for further early identification research are discussed. Copyright © 2007 SAGE Publications.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Educational psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Kemp, NM (Associate Professor Nenagh Kemp)
ID Code:51076
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2008-03-21

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