Journal article

Maternal Linguistic Input and Child Language in a Cohort at Risk of Experiencing Social Adversity

Jodie Smith, Penny Levickis, Sharon Goldfeld, Lynn Kemp, Laura Conway

LANGUAGE LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Specific features of adult linguistic input may play a larger, or smaller role, at different child ages, across different language outcomes, in different cohorts. This prospective, longitudinal study explored associations between the quantity and quality (i.e. diversity and responsiveness) of maternal linguistic input and child language. This study was derived from an Australian population-based intervention trial. Participants were mother–child dyads at risk of experiencing social adversity (n = 136). Home visits were conducted at 24 and 36 months. At the 24-month visit, mother–child free-play videos were collected. Seven aspects of maternal linguistic input were measured from videos: imita..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Scholarship


Funding Acknowledgements

This project was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and the National Health and Medical Research Council (#1079418). All research at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. S.Goldfeld is also supported by an NHMRC Career Development Scholarship [#1082922].