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Title: Non-Word Repetition Assesses Phonological Memory and is Related to Vocabulary Development in 20- to 24-month-olds
Author: Erika Hoff
Institution: Florida Atlantic University
Author: Cynthia Core
Institution: Florida Atlantic University
Author: Kelly Bridges
Institution: Florida Atlantic University
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition
Abstract: Two studies test the hypotheses that individual differences in phonological memory among children younger than two years can be assessed using a non-word repetition task (NWR) and that these differences are related to the children's rates of vocabulary development. NWR accuracy, real word repetition accuracy and productive vocabulary were assessed in 15 children between 1 ; 9 and 2 ; 0 in Study 1 and in 21 children between 1 ; 8 and 2 ; 0 in Study 2. In both studies, NWR accuracy was significantly related to vocabulary percentile and, furthermore, uniquely accounted for a substantial portion of the variance in vocabulary when real word repetition accuracy was held constant. The findings establish NWR as a valid measure of phonological memory in very young children, and they open the door for further studies of the role of phonological memory in early word learning.

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This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 35, Issue 4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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