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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

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Academic Paper

Title: 'Early Vocabulary Development in Danish and Other Languages: A CDI-based comparison'
Author: DortheBleses
Institution: 'University of Southern Denmark'
Author: WernerVach
Institution: 'University of Southern Denmark'
Author: MaleneSlott
Institution: 'University of Southern Denmark'
Author: SonjaWehberg
Institution: 'University of Southern Denmark'
Author: PiaThomsen
Institution: 'University of Southern Denmark'
Author: ThomasO.Madsen
Institution: 'University of Southern Denmark'
Author: HansBasbøll
Institution: 'University of Southern Denmark'
Linguistic Field: 'Language Acquisition'
Subject Language: 'Danish'
Abstract: The main objective of this paper is to describe the trajectory of Danish children's early lexical development relative to other languages, by comparing a Danish study based on the Danish adaptation of (CDI) to 17 comparable CDI-studies. The second objective is to address the feasibility of cross-linguistic CDI-comparisons. The main finding is that the developmental trend of Danish children's early lexical development is similar to trends observed in other languages, yet the vocabulary comprehension score in the Danish children is the lowest across studies from age 1 ; 0 onwards. We hypothesize that the delay is related to the nature of Danish sound structure, which presents Danish children with a harder task of segmentation. We conclude that CDI-studies are an important resource for cross-language studies, but reporting of studies needs to be standardized and the availability of published data improved in order to make comparisons more straightforward.


This article appears in Journal of Child Language Vol. 35, Issue 3, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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