Profiling vocabulary acquisition in Irish
Cambridge University Press
Investigations into early vocabulary development, including the timing of the acquisition of nouns, verbs and closed-class words, have produced conflicting results, both within and across languages. Studying vocabulary development in Irish can contribute to this area, as it has potentially informative features such as a VSO word order, and semantically rich prepositions. This study used a parent report adapted for Irish, to measure vocabulary development longitudinally for children aged between 1;04 and 3;04. The findings indicated that the children learned closed-class words at relatively smaller vocabulary sizes compared to children acquiring other languages, and had a strong preference for nouns.
Early lexical development , Young-children , English , Verbs , Nouns , Mandarin , Hebrew , French
CIARA O'TOOLE and PAUL FLETCHER (2012). Profiling vocabulary acquisition in Irish. Journal of Child Language, 39, pp 205-220. doi:10.1017/S0305000910000796.
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