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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Academic Paper

Title: The Danish Communicative Developmental Inventories: Validity and main developmental trends
Author: Dorthe Bleses
Institution: University of Southern Denmark
Author: Werner Vach
Institution: University of Southern Denmark
Author: Malene Slott
Institution: University of Southern Denmark
Author: Sonja Wehberg
Institution: University of Southern Denmark
Author: Pia Thomsen
Institution: University of Southern Denmark
Author: Thomas O. Madsen
Institution: University of Southern Denmark
Author: Hans Basbøll
Institution: University of Southern Denmark
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics
Subject Language: Danish
Abstract: This paper presents a large-scale cross-sectional study of Danish children's early language acquisition based on the Danish adaptation of the (CDI). Measures of validity and reliability imply that the Danish adaptation of the American CDI has been adjusted linguistically and culturally in appropriate ways which makes it suitable for tapping into Danish children's language acquisition. The study includes 6,112 randomly selected children in the age of 0 ; 8 to 3 ; 0, and results related to the development of early gestures, comprehension and production of words as well as grammatical skills, are presented.


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