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Academic Paper

Title: Conveying information about adjective meanings in spoken discourse
Author: Roberta Corrigan
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Linguistic Field: Discourse Analysis; Language Acquisition
Abstract: This study examined information about adjective meanings available in adults' spoken discourse in the original 27 CHILDES corpora of typically developing English-speaking children. In order to increase the probability that adjectives would be novel to children to whom they were addressed, only RARE adjectives were examined (those that occurred less than or equal to 5 times in the corpus, N=878). Contexts surrounding adjectives (±3 utterances on either side of the target) were scored for linguistic clues to meaning, including related language, compare/contrast and evaluative information. Linguistic contexts contained more information in adult–child conversations than in adult–adult conversations. There were differences among information categories. For example, explicit definitions were relatively rare compared to other types of information and were far less frequent than reported in structured laboratory situations. Findings highlight the importance of looking at adult input in situations where teaching word meaning is not an explicit goal.


This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 35, Issue 1.

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