The dimensionality of language ability in young children

, Language and Reading Research Consortium (2015) The dimensionality of language ability in young children. Child Development, 86 (6). pp. 1948-1965. ISSN 0009-3920

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to empirically examine the dimensionality of language ability for young children (4 to 8 years) from pre-kindergarten to third grade (n = 915), theorizing that measures of vocabulary and grammar ability will represent a unitary trait across these ages, and to determine whether discourse skills represents an additional source of variance in language ability. Results demonstrated emergent dimensionality of language across development with distinct factors of vocabulary, grammar, and discourse skills by third grade, confirming that discourse skills are an important source of variance in children’s language ability and represent an important additional dimension to be accounted for in studying growth in language skills over the course of childhood.

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Journal Article
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Child Development
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Language and Reading Research Consortium (2015), The Dimensionality of Language Ability in Young Children. Child Development, 86: 1948–1965. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12450 which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdev.12450/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
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18 Jun 2015 05:44
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