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  Title  
       
    Activity Contexts and Language Interactions in the Homes of Latino Children in the US  
Author(s)
Adriana Weisleder - Northwestern University
Anele Villanueva - Northwestern University

SRCLD Info
SRCLD Year: 2020
Presentation Type: Special Session
Presentation Time: Thu, May 28, 2020 at 03:30 PM
Abstract View Full Summary
The amount and quality of speech children hear is related with language growth. Recent studies suggest that characteristics of early language input vary as a function of the activity context. However, most previous studies focus on English-speaking, middle-class children, and less is known about whether findings generalize to families from different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. This study examines the role of activity in shaping the early language experiences of Latino children during a typical day at home, and asks whether variability in these experiences predicts later vocabulary outcomes. Latino children were recorded using LENA at 18 months, and their vocabulary was measured at 24 months via the CDI. Spanish-English bilingual coders annotated the daylong recordings to indicate the activity taking place. Analyses revealed differences in amount of child-directed speech as a function of activity. Moreover, the amount and proportion of child-directed speech in different activity contexts differentially predicted vocabulary outcomes. Findings suggests that daily activities are an important source of variation in the language environments of young Latino children, with implications for early interventions. Academic Pediatric Association Young Investigator Award.
Author Biosketch(es)

 

 

Supported in part by: NIDCD and NICHD, NIH, R13 DC001677, Susan Ellis Weismer, Principal Investigator
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders