Vocabulary used by ethno-linguistically diverse South African toddlers : a parent report using the Language Development Survey

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dc.contributor.author Gonasillan, Shamaleni Aurellia
dc.contributor.author Bornman, Juan
dc.contributor.author Harty, Michal
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-19T07:50:46Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-19T07:50:46Z
dc.date.issued 2013-12
dc.description This study was completed in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the first author’s master’s degree in the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria (http://repository.up.ac.za/handle/2263/28830) en_US
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVE. The primary aim of this study was to ascertain the relevance of the vocabulary of the Language Development Survey (LDS) for typically developing South African toddlers who attend ethno-linguistically diverse early childhood development centres. RATIONALE. The need for exploration of the expressive vocabulary of this population stems from the diverse linguistic contexts to which toddlers are exposed on a day-to-day basis in South Africa. Many parents prefer English as the language of learning and teaching for their child. As a result, toddlers interact with ethno-linguistically diverse peers from a young age, usually within their early childhood development centres. METHOD. An adapted version of the LDS was presented to 40 middle-class parents in Mpumalanga. Vocabulary commonly used by toddlers was determined and a comparison of parent responses made between the present study and the original American-based survey. RESULTS. Results revealed that nouns were used most often by toddlers, in keeping with research on vocabulary acquisition. Significant correlations between the two groups were evident in 12 of the 14 categories. Parents reported that nouns, verbs, adjectives and words from other word classes were used similarly by toddlers, despite differences in their linguistic exposure. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that the LDS is a valuable clinical screening tool for speech-language therapists who deliver services to toddlers within the South African context. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2014 en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The National Research Foundation (NRF) en_US
dc.description.uri http://www.sajcd.org.za/index.php/SAJCD en_US
dc.description.uri http://repository.up.ac.za/handle/2263/28830 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Gonasillan, A, Bornman, J & Harty, M 2013, 'Vocabulary used by ethno-linguistically diverse South African toddlers : a parent report using the Language Development Survey', South African Journal of Communication Disorders, vol. 60, pp. 10-15. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0379-8046
dc.identifier.other 10.7196/SAJCD.124
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/40297
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher South African Speech-Language-Hearing Association en_US
dc.rights South African Speech-Language-Hearing Association en_US
dc.subject Ethno-linguistically diverse en_US
dc.subject Monolingual en_US
dc.subject Parent report en_US
dc.subject Toddlers’ language development en_US
dc.subject Vocabulary en_US
dc.subject Language Development Survey (LDS) en_US
dc.title Vocabulary used by ethno-linguistically diverse South African toddlers : a parent report using the Language Development Survey en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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