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  The changing role of mothers’ verbal and nonverbal behavior in children’s language acquisition

Poulain, T., & Brauer, J. (2018). The changing role of mothers’ verbal and nonverbal behavior in children’s language acquisition. First Language, 38(2), 129-146. doi:10.1177/0142723717735427.

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Poulain, Tanja1, 2, Author              
Brauer, Jens1, Author              
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1Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              
2Leipzig Research Center for Civilization Diseases (LIFE), University of Leipzig, Germany, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: Language development; Longitudinal study; Mother–child interaction; Nonverbal; Verbal
 Abstract: This study explores the developmental change of mother–child interactions in order to investigate which aspects of maternal behavior affect children’s speech production. To this end, the interactions between 79 German-speaking mothers and their two- or five-year-old children were observed at two time points (12 months apart) and in two interactive settings (joint picture book reading and joint play with toy blocks). Measures were obtained for the speech (mean length of utterance) of mothers and children and the pointing behavior and prosody of mothers. The results suggest that mothers adapt their behavior to the advancing abilities of their children. Moreover, mothers’ speech input was a significant predictor of children’s speech production later in life. Interestingly, speech production of younger children was explained by the relatively simpler speech of mothers during joint play, whereas speech production of older children was explained by the relatively more complex speech of mothers during joint picture book reading. Mothers’ nonverbal behavior, in contrast, did not predict children’s speech production. Taken together, this study provides compelling evidence for the changing role of mothers’ interactive behavior in supporting children’s language production during development.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2017-10-112018-04-01
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1177/0142723717735427
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Project name : Neural basis of syntax in the developing brain / NEUROSYNTAX
Grant ID : 269505
Funding program : Funding Programme 7
Funding organization : European Commission (EC)

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Title: First Language
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Publ. Info: Chalfont St Giles, England : Alpha Academic
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 38 (2) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 129 - 146 Identifier: ISSN: 0142-7237
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/110978977559011