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Mothers' complex talk when sharing books with their toddlers: Book genre matters

Nyhout, A., O'Neill, D.K. (2013) Mothers' complex talk when sharing books with their toddlers: Book genre matters. First Language, 33 (2). pp. 115-131. ISSN 0142-7237. (doi:10.1177/0142723713479438) (KAR id:81940)

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This study investigated the influence of book genre (narrative or didactic) on mothers' language use during a book sharing interaction with their 18- to 25-month-olds. Mother-child dyads were videotaped sharing both a narrative and a didactic book, adapted from two commercially available books, and matched in terms of length, quantity of text, and target content. A greater proportion of mothers' talk was complex (i.e., predictions, text-to-life comparisons) during narrative book sharing than during didactic book sharing. Mothers also used a greater variety of verb tenses and referenced more mental states during narrative book sharing. These results differ from findings from previous studies with older children where it has been concluded that didactic books offer greater opportunities for complex talk than narrative books. The results also highlight the importance of taking situational factors into account when investigating parent-child communicative interactions. © The Author(s) 2013.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0142723713479438
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: LA - English [Field not mapped to EPrints] J2 - First Lang. [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1, Canada [Field not mapped to EPrints] DB - Scopus [Field not mapped to EPrints] M3 - Article [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Book sharing, complex talk, narratives, parental input, situational factors
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Developmental Psychology
Depositing User: Angela Nyhout
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2020 13:08 UTC
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2020 11:00 UTC
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