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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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Title: Early Vocabulary Development in Danish and Other Languages: A CDI-based comparison
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
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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