Parents' use of conventional and unconventional labels in conversations with their preschoolers

Show simple item record Henderson, Annette en Sabbagh, MA en 2012-04-29T21:30:09Z en 2010 en
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Child Language 37(4):793-816 2010 en
dc.identifier.issn 1469-7602 en
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dc.description.abstract Parents' use of conventional versus unconventional labels with their two- (n=12), three- (n=12) and four-year-old children (n=12) was assessed as they talked about objects that were either known or unknown to them. For known objects, parents provided typical conventional labels casually during the conversation. For unknown objects, parents were less likely to use typical nouns as labels and marked their labels with additional information suggesting that the labels might be unconventional. Parents marked potentially unconventional labels by providing explicit statements of ignorance and paralinguistic cues of uncertainty. These patterns were strongest when the unknown objects were manufactured as opposed to homemade, possibly because manufactured objects are supposed to have conventional names that parents were unable to provide. Parents' marking of unconventional labels may help children recognize when new word forms should be treated with caution and guide their learning accordingly. en
dc.language English en
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Child Language en
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dc.title Parents' use of conventional and unconventional labels in conversations with their preschoolers en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1017/S0305000909990122 en
pubs.issue 4 en
pubs.begin-page 793 en
pubs.volume 37 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Cambridge University Press en
dc.identifier.pmid 19889252 en
pubs.end-page 816 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 91649 en Science en Psychology en
dc.identifier.eissn 0305-0009 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en
pubs.dimensions-id 19889252 en

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