The Impact of Maternal Negative Language on Children’s Language Development

dc.contributor.advisorBernstein Ratner, Nanen_US
dc.contributor.authorLee, Hae Rien_US
dc.contributor.departmentHearing and Speech Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.description.abstractVarious features of infant- and child-directed speech (IDS/CDS) are known to have a positive impact on children’s language development. Some, such as directive language, appear to be less facilitating. We investigated whether mothers’ usage of negative language impacts children’s language development. Thirty-three mothers’ language samples at 30 months and children’s conversational language samples at 66 months were analyzed to locate operationally defined negative language and imperatives. Five language sample analysis measures were utilized to assess children’s expressive language abilities. Inverse relationships between maternal use of negative language and children’s language outcome measures were found. This preliminary result suggests that the more children hear negative language at an earlier age, the lower their language outcomes are at a later age. This study was exploratory in nature, and various limitations and implications for future studies are outlined in the paper.en_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledSpeech therapyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledChild language developmenten_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledChild-directed speechen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledExpressive languageen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledInfant-directed speechen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledNegative languageen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledParent-child interactionsen_US
dc.titleThe Impact of Maternal Negative Language on Children’s Language Developmenten_US
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