A story about a word: does narrative presentation promote learning of a spatial preposition in German two-year-olds?

K. Nachtigäller, K. Rohlfing, K.K. McGregor, Journal of Child Language 40 (2013) 900–917.

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We trained forty German-speaking children aged 1;8–2;0 in their comprehension of UNTER [UNDER]. The target word was presented within semantically organized input in the form of a ‘narrative’ to the experimental group and within ‘unconnected speech’ to the control group. We tested children’s learning by asking them to perform an UNDER-relation before, immediately after, and again one day after the training using familiarized and unfamiliarized materials. Compared to controls, the experimental group learned better and retained more. Children with advanced expressive lexicons in particular were aided in generalizing to unfamiliarized materials by the narrative presentation. This study extends our understanding of how narrations scaffold young children’s enrichment of nascent word knowledge.
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Journal of Child Language
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900-917
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Nachtigäller K, Rohlfing K, McGregor KK. A story about a word: does narrative presentation promote learning of a spatial preposition in German two-year-olds? Journal of Child Language. 2013;40(04):900-917. doi:10.1017/S0305000912000311
Nachtigäller, K., Rohlfing, K., & McGregor, K. K. (2013). A story about a word: does narrative presentation promote learning of a spatial preposition in German two-year-olds? Journal of Child Language, 40(04), 900–917. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305000912000311
@article{Nachtigäller_Rohlfing_McGregor_2013, title={A story about a word: does narrative presentation promote learning of a spatial preposition in German two-year-olds?}, volume={40}, DOI={10.1017/S0305000912000311}, number={04}, journal={Journal of Child Language}, publisher={Cambridge University Press (CUP)}, author={Nachtigäller, Kerstin and Rohlfing, Katharina and McGregor, Karla K.}, year={2013}, pages={900–917} }
Nachtigäller, Kerstin, Katharina Rohlfing, and Karla K. McGregor. “A Story about a Word: Does Narrative Presentation Promote Learning of a Spatial Preposition in German Two-Year-Olds?” Journal of Child Language 40, no. 04 (2013): 900–917. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305000912000311.
K. Nachtigäller, K. Rohlfing, and K. K. McGregor, “A story about a word: does narrative presentation promote learning of a spatial preposition in German two-year-olds?,” Journal of Child Language, vol. 40, no. 04, pp. 900–917, 2013.
Nachtigäller, Kerstin, et al. “A Story about a Word: Does Narrative Presentation Promote Learning of a Spatial Preposition in German Two-Year-Olds?” Journal of Child Language, vol. 40, no. 04, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2013, pp. 900–17, doi:10.1017/S0305000912000311.

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