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Title: Predictors of early precocious talking: A prospective population study
Author: Jemma Skeat
Institution: University of Melbourne
Author: Melissa Wake
Institution: University of Melbourne
Author: Sheena Reilly
Institution: Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, The Royal Children's Hospital
Author: Patricia Eadie
Institution: Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, The Royal Children's Hospital
Author: Lesley Bretherton
Institution: University of Melbourne
Author: Edith L. Bavin
Institution: La Trobe University
Author: O. C. Ukoumunne
Institution: University of Melbourne
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics
Abstract: This study examines potential predictors of ‘precocious talking’ (expressive language ≥90th percentile) at one and two years of age, and of ‘stability’ in precocious talking across both time periods, drawing on data from a prospective community cohort comprising over 1,800 children. Logistic regression was used to examine the relationship between precocious talking and the following potential predictors: gender, birth order, birth weight, non-English speaking background, socioeconomic status, maternal age, maternal mental health scores, and vocabulary and educational attainment of parents. The strongest predictors of precocity (being female and having a younger mother) warrant further exploration. Overall, however, it appears that precocity in early vocabulary development is not strongly influenced by the variables examined, which together explained just 2·6% and 1% of the variation at 1 ; 0 and 2 ; 0 respectively.

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