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Title: Profiling vocabulary acquisition in Irish
Author: Ciara O'Toole
Institution: University College Cork
Author: Paul Fletcher
Institution: University College Cork
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics
Subject Language: Irish
Abstract: Investigations into early vocabulary development, including the timing of the acquisition of nouns, verbs and closed-class words, have produced conflicting results, both within and across languages. Studying vocabulary development in Irish can contribute to this area, as it has potentially informative features such as a VSO word order, and semantically rich prepositions. This study used a parent report adapted for Irish, to measure vocabulary development longitudinally for children aged between 1 ; 04 and 3 ; 04. The findings indicated that the children learned closed-class words at relatively smaller vocabulary sizes compared to children acquiring other languages, and had a strong preference for nouns.

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This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 39, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .



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