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Early word-object associations and later language development

Citation

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

Abstract

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 and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Educational Psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Diagnostic Methods
Author:Kemp, NM (Dr 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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