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PAAVOLA-RUOTSALAINEN, L., LEHTOSAARI, J., PALOMÄKI, J., & TERVO, I. (2018). Maternal verbal responsiveness and directiveness: Consistency, stability, and relations to child early linguistic development. Journal of Child Language, 45(2), 319-339. doi:10.1017/S030500091700023X

Maternal verbal responsiveness and directiveness : consistency, stability, and relations to child early linguistic development

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Author: Paavola-Ruotsalainen, Leila1; Lehtosaari, Jaana2; Palomäki, Josefina3;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Humanities, Logopedics, Child Language Research Center, Oulu, Finland
2Coronaria Kuntoutus Oy Ltd, Therapy Center, Oulu, Finland
3Coronaria Kuntoutus Oy Ltd, Therapy Center, Helsinki, Finland
4CogniMed Oy Ltd, Therapy Center, Helsinki, Finland
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Cambridge University Press, 2018
Publish Date: 2018-05-07


Maternal responsive and directive speech to children at ages 0;10 and 2;0 was investigated by applying a procedure first introduced by Flynn and Masur (2007) to a new language community (Finnish). The issues examined were consistency and stability over time, and also the role of responsiveness and directiveness in child linguistic development at 1;0 and 2;6. The measures of maternal speech from each age were used to predict the results of the subsequent linguistic assessment. Negative correlations between responsive and directive utterances were found at both ages. The frequencies of responsive utterances and supportive directives increased over time. Responsiveness was positively, and intrusive directiveness negatively, related to child early comprehensive skills and the use of symbolic actions and communicative gestures. By contrast, no relations were found between responsiveness and directiveness and children’s later linguistic capacities.

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Series: Journal of child language
ISSN: 0305-0009
ISSN-E: 1469-7602
ISSN-L: 0305-0009
Volume: 45
Issue: 2
Pages: 319 - 339
DOI: 10.1017/S030500091700023X
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 6121 Languages
616 Other humanities
Copyright information: © Cambridge University Press 2017. Published in this repository with the kind permission of the publisher.