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Context dependency in parental speech

Reissland, N



Twelve children, six girls and six boys, were videotaped at two ages: first at a mean age of 11:16 months, second at a mean age of 15:16 months, with a parent in their home while having a meal with a spoon (non-play situation) and feeding a doll with a spoon (play situation). It was found chat parents reliably differentiated between play and non-play situations by using interaction and instruction frames, respectively. A discriminant function analysis of the relative frequency of seven speech acts used within each frame resulted in the correct classification of 60.42 per cent of the children. These findings are discussed in the light of theories of children's learning in context (Snow, Perlmann Br Nathan, 1987), specifically their learning about pretend and real situations (Harris & Kavanaugh, 1993).


Reissland, N. (1998). Context dependency in parental speech. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 16, 365-373.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 1998-09
Journal British Journal of Developmental Psychology
Print ISSN 0261-510X
Publisher Wiley
Volume 16
Pages 365-373